A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the sexual assault and rape of a 13-year-old girl in the Ten Hills neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore, city police announced Thursday.
Brian Maye, of the 8500 block of Stevenswood Road in the Milford Mill area of Baltimore County, allegedly approached the girl in his vehicle last Friday as she walked along Edmondson Avenue near Cooks Lane, police said.
Police believe Maye knew the girl, and that there may have been a "consensual agreement for her to get into the car," according to Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman. However, once in the car, Maye allegedly drove to the 400 block of Drury Lane and assaulted the girl, police said.
The incident was reported to Ten Hills residents in a community email that circulated the following day, noting police were looking into a girl's being "abducted and sexually assaulted" in the neighborhood. According to Wayne Birkel, president of the Ten Hills Community Association, who distributed the email, an adult relative of the girl asked him to share the incident with neighbors.
The letter to residents gave a more dramatic story than police did, saying a man pulled the girl into his car, drove to Drury Lane and assaulted her, then drove her around the neighborhood before pushing her out of the vehicle in the 500 block of
"The victim then walked up to the Shell station at Edmondson and North Bend and called 911," the letter said.
In the letter, Birkel wrote, "We have suffered a rise in crime in the area, but until now the crimes were generally against property; now that this sexual assault against a minor has transpired, we, as a neighborhood must fight back, and fight back hard."
The incident sparked concern among neighbors in part because of other, similar incidents in the area.
The day before the girl's assault, on Nov. 8, Baltimore County and Baltimore City police held a joint news conference to outline charges against a pair of men who allegedly abducted multiple people — including a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman — and robbed, raped or assaulted them. One of those alleged abductions had also occurred on Edmondson Avenue.
That night, new Baltimore Commissioner Anthony Batts and other police officials met with the Ten Hills Community Association, Birkel said.
Asked about the incident involving the girl earlier this week, Guglielmi said it was unrelated to the other crimes — the suspects in which were already in police custody — and was not an abduction.
He said police, including the Child Abuse Unit, were aggressively investigating the incident.
On Thursday, Maye was arrested and charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault, second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense, according to court records.
Guglielmi said Maye confessed to the rape.
He is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center, police said.