A 16-year-old Southeast Washington youth was arrested yesterday and charged with armed rape in connection with what police said was one of a number of recent crimes committed against women motorists who got out to check for damage after their autos had been bumped from behind.

Two other persons have been arrested and charged in connection with robberies committed after similar traffic incidents, police said.

The 16-year-old was arrested in connection with an Oct. 31 incident in which the victim's car was struck from behind by another car at an intersection in far Southeast, police said. They said she was taken from the intersection and raped.

Police said the 16-year-old, for whom a warrant had been obtained, was arrested after he appeared voluntarily at 6th District police headquarters on 42nd Street NE.

William D. Davidson, 18, of 4216 Barker La. SE, was arrested Nov. 8 and charged with two robberies that occurred on the day in which the victims' autos were bumped, police said. At a D.C. Superior Court hearing two days later, a prosecutor said Davidson was a "principal suspect in at least one homicide, three rapes and several other armed robberies."

On Nov. 10, police arrested Kevin Martin, 18, of 617 Forrester St. SE, and charged him in one of those two robberies. Deputy Police Chief Alphonso Gibson said Martin also was being questioned in connection with the other case.