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Kilmarnock rape suspect arrested

by Audrey Thomasson

A 19-year-old man who had been under surveillance by local police as a suspect in two Kilmarnock rape cases was arrested in Baltimore Monday after he allegedly raped and attempted to murder a woman there on Saturday, according to the Lancaster sheriff’s department.

Baltimore police arrested Donald Vaughan of Kilmarnock after the victim identified him from a photo. City police said the suspect knocked on the victim’s door on Saturday during the snowstorm and offered to shovel her walkway. Later that day, he returned and forced his way into her house through a side door and sexually assaulted her holding a kitchen knife to her throat. He cut her throat before leaving and he took a cell phone, $200 in cash and credit cards.

The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she underwent surgery and was released, police said.

Baltimore police were able to track Vaughan to where he was staying through the cell phone he stole from the victim.

Vaughan was a suspect in two sexual assaults that occurred in Kilmarnock on November 28 and December 1. Neither victim was able to give police detailed descriptions of their assailant because he attacked them in the dark.

Lancaster sheriff’s department chief investigator Lt. Tim Self said Lancaster deputies and Kilmarnock police interviewed Vaughan several times and had him under surveillance for the past two weeks while they waited for forensic evidence to be processed. He was on parole for another offense and his parole officer allowed him to go to Baltimore last Wednesday for the Christmas holiday. A Baltimore parole officer was notified of his visit, Self said.

Lt. Self noted Vaughan is originally from Baltimore but recently moved to Lancaster County to live with his mother.

Kilmarnock Police Chief Mike Bedell and investigators Joanie Kent and Bobby Moore went to Maryland Monday to question Vaughan. Bedell said he confessed to both Kilmarnock incidents.

“He became a suspect within a couple of days of the second incident and has been under surveillance ever since,” Chief Bedell reported. “He was found walking on the streets at 4:45 a.m. December 2 and was stopped and interviewed. We watched him and a couple of other suspects to make sure we had no other attacks before we could obtain the DNA results from the lab or get a confession. We hope to get the lab results by Wednesday.”

Vaughan will be charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering as well as rape and forcible sodomy, Chief Bedell said. He credited the cooperative efforts of the Lancaster sheriff’s department and Kilmarnock police for tracking him down so quickly.

“With the teamwork of White Stone Police Chief Bill Webb and deputies from Essex, Middlesex, Northumberland and Richmond counties, we saturated the town,” he said.
Vaughan is being held in Baltimore without bail. Chief Bedell said he will seek his extradition to stand trial in Virginia.

posted 12.23.2009

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