Police: DNA links convicted murderer with 10-year-old rape

Nankisoor Ramnath of Owings Mills, convicted in wife's killing, now charged in 2001 rape

April 21, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

An Owings Mills man convicted in the 2008 death of his wife was charged on Tuesday with a 10-year-old rape, a Baltimore County police spokesman said.

Nankisoor Ramnath, 56, was charged with second-degree rape and related charges after his DNA was linked to a 2001 rape, said police spokesman Lt. Rob McCullough.

McCullough said Ramnath met the victim on April 21, 2001, at an Exxon gas station in Baltimore and took her to lunch at a McDonald's restaurant in Baltimore County. He later took the woman home, where, the woman said, he forcibly raped her, McCullough said.

The woman reported the incident to police, but detectives had "exhausted all leads" and suspended the investigation several months later, McCullough said.

In December, Maryland State Police officials contacted Baltimore County Police, alerting them to a DNA match in the Combined DNA Index System, a national DNA database, McCullough said. Ramnath's DNA was collected following his conviction in 2008.

He is serving a 25-year sentence for strangling his wife, Nirmala Maharaj, 50, in their home in the first block of N. Ritters Lane.

Police said Maharaj's 19-year-old daughter found her mother's body in a crawl space under the house.

Police said the couple had quarreled earlier that day. According to court documents, Maharaj had obtained a temporary protective order against Ramnath in March 2007, but it was dismissed after she failed to appear at a hearing a week later.

Ramnath currently remains at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, McCullough said.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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