Man faces 180 years in jail for 2008 rape in central Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - DNA evidence for a shocking daytime rape in central Baltimore 10 years ago helped convict the suspect this year, announced the city's State's Attorney's Office.
Oliver Miller was found guilty of first-degree rape in the Jan. 19, 2008 incident, in which he targeted a woman at about 2 p.m. after she left the University of Baltimore Athletic Center and walked home to Eutaw Place at West Lanvale Street, according to a news release.
When she put the key in her door, an unknown man came up behind her, displayed a knife, told her not to scream and told her to open the door, according to the news release.
The man told her to walk to her apartment, then made her undress and sexually assaulted her.
With the razor or folding knife still visible, he took the victim to the bathroom and forced her to bathe him and herself. He then sexually assaulted her again.
He drank from a bottle of whiskey in her apartment and forced the victim to drink it, "telling her that no one would believe her if she reported the incident since she had drank whiskey," according to the news release.
The man asked the victim for money, and the victim gave him her credit card and PIN number out of fear; the card was later found to have been used in more than $400 worth of purchases after the assault.
Before he left, the man tied her to a chair using iPod and cellphone cords, locked the door using her keys, and threatened to kill the victim if she reported the incident.
She managed to free herself and escaped to an alley before getting help.
“This was a horrific attack that I am thankful this young woman survived,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby in the news release. “This case highlights the importance of SAFE exams and the need to have them processed, as it played a major role in the investigation and ultimate conviction of this sick predator.”
Miller faces 180 years in prison.
He was found guilty of first degree rape, attempted first degree rape, two counts of sexual offense in the first degree, three counts sexual offense in the third degree, and one count of false imprisonment.