A Seat Pleasant man accused of raping and stabbing a 60-year-old neighbor yesterday morning and abducting her 21-year-old granddaughter was arrested at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore last night after he could not pay the $1 toll.
John Francis Dent, 22, of 502 62nd Place, who had fled in his captive's gray 1984 Ford Escort, was arrested about 9 p.m. by toll plaza police who checked the license plates against an alert sent out yesterday by Prince George's County police.
A plaza police spokesman said the woman Dent is accused of abducting appeared to have suffered only superficial injuries.
Dent, who police said did not resist arrest, was being returned to Prince George's County last night to face warrants charging him with first-degree rape and assault with intent to commit murder.
The rape victim was reported in stable condition in a local hospital.
According to Prince George's County police, the woman said her assailant broke into her apartment about 5 a.m., came into her bedroom and stabbed her repeatedly, then raped her. She said he then went into a bedroom where her granddaughter was sleeping and forced her out of the apartment and into her car.
When they left, the man was nude and the granddaughter was draped in a bed sheet, according to police. The toll plaza police spokesman said Dent was wearing cutoff jeans and a T-shirt when arrested, and the woman with him was wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt.
Neighbors said that Dent had lived in the apartment complex with his mother for about five years and often sat outside talking with other neighborhood youths. Several neighbors said he was friendly and had never caused any trouble in the neighborhood.
Jessie Glenn, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1945, said, "Sometimes he'd bring grocery bags upstairs for me and my husband. He seemed like a nice fellow." Glenn said the woman who was raped had lived in the neighborhood about 10 years.
A woman living in the same building as Dent, who asked not to be identified, said she saw Dent outside the apartment building about midnight yesterday.