Man convicted in rape of co-worker in June


A Guilford man was convicted Wednesday in Howard Circuit Court of raping a co-worker at a Columbia convenience store in June.

Riaz Ahmed Alvi, 34, was found guilty of second-degree rape and battery for attacking the woman at knifepoint shortly after the store at the King's Contrivance Village Center closed June 22.

The incident occurred on the woman's second day of work at the shop, according to testimony.

Alvi, who testified that the woman consented to have intercourse with him, will be sentenced May 23. He could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.

A jury of nine men and three women could not reach verdicts on four other charges, including first-degree rape -- an offense that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.


* Long Reach: 5900 block of Tamar Drive: Thieves broke out a passenger-side rear window of a 1993 Ford Mustang and stole stereo equipment Tuesday. Police said the suspects ripped out the car's back seats to take a compact disc changer from the trunk.

* Kings Contrivance: 9500 block of Sea Shadow: A men's 26-inch black Huffy Mountain Bike was stolen from a resident's back yard Tuesday, police said.

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