A Columbia man was arrested on a first-degree rape charge Thursday after citizens identified him through a composite sketch drawn by a police artist, county police said.

Kenneth Wayne Cole, 28, of Twin Rivers Road was arrested at his home in connection with a rape July 7 at a home on Placid Lake Court.

Two citizens at the Wilde Lake Village Center told police that the sketch, based on a description given by the rape victim, looked like Cole, police said.

Witnesses who spotted the rapist leaving the victim's home positively identified Cole's photograph as the man theysaw, police said.

Police said the victim, a 29-year-old Columbia woman, was entering her home at about 11 p.m. when a man armed with aknife approached her, forced her inside, struggled with her, and dragged her upstairs.

He then raped her in one of the bedrooms, police said.

The man then fled from the residence.

The victim suffered a minor cut to the palm of her hand during the attack but did not require hospitalization, police said.

Cole is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.


An unidentified man robbed a Jessup sub shop of an undisclosed amount of money Thursday after pulling a kitchen knife on a clerk who had just prepared him a sandwich, county police said.

Police said the man entered the Subway store in the 8600 block of U.S. 1 shortly before 9:45 p.m. and ordered a sandwich from one of the two employees working.

When the worker brought the sandwich to him, he pulled a knife and demanded money from the register, police said.


The state fire marshal's office is investigating a house fire Wednesdayin Columbia that forced a family of three from its home and caused $100,000 in damage, firefighters said.

County firefighters said thefire began at about 7 a.m. at a town house in the 6700 block of Quiet Hours, where smoke was spotted coming from a second-floor window.

The residents, Kenneth Jones, 32, Angela Jones, 35, and Heather Jones, 6, were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury, firefighters said.


A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police and state police is:


11100 block of Willow Bottom Drive: July 10, cash and a cash register were stolen sometime before 4:20 a.m. from the pro shop of Hobbits Glen Golf Club. Entry was gained when someone smashed open a rear window. Analarm sounded but the burglar had fled by the time police arrived.

6400 block of Cedar Lane: July 9, several tools were stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a barn that was forcibly entered.

6500 block of Quiet Hours: July 8, a 1988 Ford Mustang was stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a residential area.

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