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Two men charged in connection with Bel Air rape held without bond

Police have charged brothers David Corn, left, and Ryan Corn, both of Bel Air, in connection with a rape that police say occurred early Saturday at the public parking garage in downtown Bel Air.
Police have charged brothers David Corn, left, and Ryan Corn, both of Bel Air, in connection with a rape that police say occurred early Saturday at the public parking garage in downtown Bel Air. (Harford County Sheriff's Office / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The Bel Air Police Department said it has arrested two local men in connection with a rape that occurred early Saturday morning in the town's public parking garage.

Both men are being held without bond.

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According to a police statement, Bel Air officers were dispatched to the parking garage, located at 16 S. Hickory Ave., around 2 a.m. for a report of a rape.

Officers contacted the victim, a 29-year-old female, who told them that she was confronted by two unknown white males at that location who forcibly raped her and fled the scene, according to the statement. The victim was transported by Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to Harford Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

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Investigating officers broadcast a description of the suspects. Within five minutes Bel Air officers located two males on Hickory Avenue fitting the description provided by the victim, according to the statement. The two were detained by officers without incident.

Both were transported to the Bel Air Police Department and were later charged with first-degree rape, according to the statement. Police identified them as brothers David Eric Corn Jr., 25, and Ryan Thomas Corn, 21, both of the 1100 block of Pericles Drive in Bel Air.

As of Sunday evening, both men are being held in the Harford County Detention Center without bond, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

David Corn is charged with first and second-degree rape; first, second and third-degree sex offense; fourth-degree sex offense-sex contact, false imprisonment and second-degree assault, according to online court records.

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Ryan Corn also is charged with first and second-degree rape; first, second and third-degree sex offense; fourth-degree sex offense-sex contact, false imprisonment and second-degree assault, according to court records.

The brothers have a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 6 in Harford County District Court in Bel Air, according to court records.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bel Air Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 410-638-4500.

Bel Air police officials could not be reached Sunday for comment on whether security would be increased at the Hickory Avenue garage.

Contacted Sunday, Mayor Robert Reier declined to comment until he is briefed by the police department.

Michelle Simms, a bartender at the Sean Bolan's Irish pub on South Main Street, said she has worked there for eight years, and the majority of the staff working at night park directly behind the pub or in the neighboring M&T Bank branch lot.

She said some staffers park in the town garage, which is about a block away along Pennsylvania Avenue, and they walk to their vehicles accompanied by bartenders or door security staff.

Simms said she usually feels safe leaving work.

"When we do leave there's at least two of us, if not more," she said of groups of staffers leaving.

Simms said patrons typically come and leave together, as well, either couples or groups of friends, which she described as easier and safer for them.

Aegis staff member David Anderson contributed to this story.

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