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Police say man arrested for burglary linked to York Road sexual assault

Spokeswoman says fingerprints connect to May incident

By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com

3:05 PM EDT, July 23, 2012

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Baltimore County police say fingerprint evidence connects a Towson man who was arrested last week for burglary and trespassing to a May sexual assault that occurred at a York Road residence near Towson University's campus on graduation weekend.

Ricky Marion Bostic, 42, of the 200 block of Towsontown Court, was arrested Thursday, July 19, after a pair of incidents in the 100 block of Versailles Circle, police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton said Monday.

According to Batton, a 38-year-old woman fell asleep while watching a movie on the couch of her Versailles Circle apartment when a man attempted to open the sliding glass door.

The woman woke up and yelled for her boyfriend, and after the man fled, the two were able to provide a description to police, Batton said.

Officers found Bostic walking on Towsontown Boulevard a short time later, and upon apprehension, discovered that he was in possession of several credit cards that belonged to a woman in the same building on Versailles Circle.

Batton said the cards were taken that night from the woman's purse, which was left on the nightstand next to where she sleeps.

Bostic was charged with attempted fourth-degree burglary, trespassing, peeping tom, first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary, and disorderly conduct in connection to that incident.

After he was arrested, officers determined that Bostic matched the description of a man wanted in connection with a May 24 sexual assault that occurred in the unit block of York Road, Batton said.

In that incident, Batton said, a woman who lived in the house reported that she "woke up in her bedroom to find a black male with a shaved head touching her." The woman yelled at him, and the man fled, police said.

Police determined through forensic evidence that a second roommate in the house, who was sleeping in a separate room, had also been assaulted, though the woman could not tell detectives what happened.

"We were able to link Ricky Bostic to the sexual assault through fingerprints recovered at the scene to those taken after his arrest on July 19," Batton said.

"Our officers did an exceptional job in this case," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said in a statement. "They not only detained this suspect quickly, they looked beyond the original crime to connect him to another very serious offense."

Bostic has been charged with a first-degree sex offense, first-degree burglary, and a third-degree burglary in connection with that case, and is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.