Police using DNA evidence charge city man in rapes

Baltimore police, using DNA evidence, have charged a 20-year-old man with raping a woman this year and with raping a 13-year-old girl in 2007, according to a city police spokesman. Darnell "Ronnell" Williams, who police said is a member of the Purple City Dip Set gang, is being held at Central Booking and Intake Center in a drug case. Authorities now routinely take DNA samples from suspects, and police said his matched samples taken from the rape victims. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said warrants have been issued charging Williams with raping a woman in February in the 1600 block of N. Pulaski St. in West Baltimore and with raping the girl in the 2000 block of Presbury St. in June 2007.

-Peter Hermann

Woman fatally struck by car; police seek driver

A woman was fatally struck by a car Tuesday morning as she crossed Eastern Avenue, and Baltimore County police were searching for the driver of the vehicle, believed to be a Mazda with damage to the headlights. The woman, identified by police as Delores Stray, 70, of the 7700 block of Gough St. was struck about 5:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes just west of 54th Street near Eastpoint Mall, police said. She was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead. Anyone with information on the driver or the location of the car is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-2587.

- Brent Jones

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