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Bail denied for security guard accused of rape

Posted at 2:45 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 14:45:03-04

BALTIMORE — The security guard charged with raping a woman in Charles Village was denied bail at a hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court today.

On June 11, 50-year-old Richard Stephen Barnes, was arrested and charged with several counts related to the sexual assault that occurred in the 2700 block of Lovegrove Street on June 1. The sordid details of the crime were laid bare in charging documents WMAR-2 News obtained Thursday.

The victim was originally picked up by a Lyft driver with the intention of being taken to the Charles Village Pub, but before reaching her destination, the driver began to touch her inappropriately, with the incident eventually escalating to sexual assault. When the Lyft driver pulled over on Lovegrove Street and began to make further advances on the victim, a car pulled up behind them.

A man who looked like a police officer approached the car and ordered the victim into his car. He then drove to another location, where he raped her.

Police originally investigated the report internally as the woman believed she was raped by an officer. The investigation later revealed her attacker was a security guard at the University of Maryland Hospital.

This story will be updated.