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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Md. man charged with attempted rape

By Washington Post editors

Howard County police say an Ellicott City man has been charged with attempting to rape a woman who hired him as a handyman.

Michael Anthony Harris, 50, was charged Saturday
with attempted second-degree rape and second-degree assault after the incident.

Police said that on evening of Jun. 10, a 48-year-old woman from Woodstock came to the Northern District police station to report an attempted rape. She said she hired a contractor to do painting and home repairs. At the suspect’s request, the woman provided the suspect with a key to the home.

Police said the suspect used the key to enter the home to paint. When the victim came home at approximately 5:30 p.m., the victim said the suspect called out to her from the basement and asked her to come downstairs. She saw the suspect standing shirtless on the stairs and making provocative comments. The woman told police she felt uncomfortable, so she headed toward the front door to exit the home. The victim reported the suspect followed her, blocked the exit, forced her into a confined space and made sexual advances that she resisted, police said.

The victim began to plead with the suspect and said she convinced him to stop his advances. He said he would return the next day. The victim reported the incident to police and stayed at a safe location overnight. Police waited at the residence the next day and arrested Harris when he returned to the home.

Harris was released from Howard County Detention Center Saturday after posting $15,000 bond.

By Washington Post editors  | June 15, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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