Man, 40, guilty in '07 robbery, rape in Tuxedo Park

Woman initially identified 20-year-old as attacker

December 16, 2009|By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

More than two years after prosecutors charged the wrong person in the rape of a Tuxedo Park grandmother, another man, identified through DNA, has been found guilty of the crime.

A Baltimore jury convicted Roger L. Ervin, 48, on nine counts Tuesday, including first-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, two counts of first-degree assault, armed robbery and first-degree burglary. He faces a maximum of life in prison, plus 118 years, at his sentencing Feb. 12.

It took about an hour for jurors to reach a verdict after three days of testimony, the Baltimore state's attorney's office said.

According to police, two armed men burst into the unlocked North Baltimore home of the 59-year-old woman about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2007, as she was putting away groceries. They ransacked the house and took $7 from her purse. One of them raped the woman. She called 911 when she was sure they were gone, about 8:50 p.m.

The attack shook the communities of Tuxedo Park, Wyndhurst and Roland Park, areas largely sheltered from the crime that afflicts poorer parts of the city. Residents bolstered locks, installed alarms and security lights, and patrolled the streets.

"This sort of incident doesn't happen with any regularity anywhere in the city. ... And it's extremely uncharacteristic for this neighborhood," a Police Department spokesman said at the time.

A 20-year-old man was arrested shortly after the crime based on a sketch of the attacker, and the victim picked him from a photo lineup.

But charges were dropped a few weeks later after prosecutors learned that DNA evidence collected from the scene did not match the man. A DNA comparison led police to Ervin in March 2008.

The second man has not been found.

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