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Jessup man, 25, charged with battery and rape


A Jessup man was arrested early Tuesday and charged with battering and raping a woman in a field near the Crestwood Mobile Park, county police said.

The woman, 30, was in good condition Tuesday at North Arundel Hospital, police said.

Western District Officers David Smith and Robert Vane, investigating a call concerning a man and woman fighting, found the victim about 2:10 a.m. She told them she had just been raped and pointed to a departing vehicle, police said.

The officers stopped the vehicle, then got a more detailed statement from the woman.

She told the officers she had met the man Monday night at a bar and that the pair drove around for a time before the woman asked him to drive her home. Instead, the man pulled into the mobile park along Wieker Road just east of Telegraph Road, where he attacked the woman, who resisted and managed to get out of the vehicle before the man dragged her into the field and raped her, she told police.

Robert Hongrove Smith, 25, of the 7800 block of Clark Road in Jessup was charged with first- and second-degree rape, assault with intent to rape, first-, second- and fourth-degree sex offenses, and battery, police said.

Man faces drug charges after police stop his van

A 27-year-old man was arrested on drug charges early Tuesday during a traffic stop on Route 450, police said.

Western District Officer Jeffrey Fratantuono stopped a man about 2:35 a.m. after observing his Dodge Caravan cross the double yellow lines on Route 450 twice, a police report said.

Officer Fratantuono said he asked the man to perform field sobriety tests and searched him after getting his consent. During the search, the man dropped a pipe made from an aspirin bottle, and when the officer picked it up he noticed what appeared to be crack cocaine inside, the report said.

Marvin Dekelly Pinkney, 27, of the 7900 block of Nolpark Court in Glen Burnie was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.

Fort Meade officials step up security at post

Military police at Fort Meade will close the gates to the post at Llewellyn Avenue and Reece Road, just off Route 175, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly beginning Monday, officials say.

The entrances on Mapes and Rockenbach roads will remain open.

If motorists do not have a valid reason for being on the post and their vehicles are not registered with military police, they can be denied access to Fort Meade, officials said.

Closing the gates is the second phase of the Army's efforts to improve security. The first phase, implemented about a year ago, is a policy of random, unannounced inspections of vehicles and people entering and leaving the post.

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