A man has been apprehended by the police in connection to the alleged se*xual assault and kidnapping of a 71-year-old woman, with authorities linking the suspect to his orthodontic work. On November 7th at 6:09 p.m., officers from the Baltimore Police Department responded to a distress call in the 4300 and 4400 blocks of North Franklintown Road.
The victim recounted that an unidentified man se*xually and physically assaulted her while she was walking along the Gwynns Falls Trail. According to the Baltimore Police, the suspect initiated a conversation with the victim and proceeded to follow her.
Subsequently, he reportedly brandished a gun, holding onto the woman, and subjected her to a violent physical assault when she attempted to flee. The victim managed to escape and seek assistance, sustaining severe injuries that required hospitalization.
The suspect, identified as 46-year-old Charles Avon Taylor, was tracked down and arrested in Towson by Baltimore Police investigators. Court records reveal that Taylor faces charges including kidnapping, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, use of a dangerous weapon, and a fourth-degree se*xual offense.
According to court documents cited by NBC News, the incident occurred in Leakin Park around 3:30 p.m. when Taylor allegedly approached the victim, engaging her in conversation about the weather. He then reportedly threatened her, physically assaulting her to the point of unconsciousness.
Taylor allegedly took the woman to a homeless encampment, where he bound her to a chair, kissed her, and touched her inappropriately, causing her to lose consciousness again. The victim, describing Taylor as having “fits of rage,” attempted to calm him down.
Seizing an opportunity, she untied herself when she informed Taylor that she had lost her glasses, distracting him as he searched for them. The woman managed to escape, running across a creek and an embankment, where she called for help. A passing driver stopped and contacted the police.
During the investigation, detectives discovered a blood-stained rope and packets of elastics used for braces at the scene. By reaching out to the manufacturer of the elastics, a detective identified a dental office a few miles from Baltimore that exclusively used the brand.
Investigators visited the office, where employees reportedly recognized the police sketch of the suspect as resembling Taylor. The victim positively identified Taylor as well. Although Taylor briefly entered a psychiatric facility on November 8th, he is currently in custody at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, as reported by NBC News.