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Baltimore man who raped and held a woman against her will in 2015 convicted

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 17:28:32-04

The man behind a 2015 rape and stand off with police in West Baltimore has been convicted.

Lenny Epps was convicted on eight counts including first degree rape, false imprisonment and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

On October 10, 2015 Epps restrained his then girlfriend, cut off her clothing, and raped her while holding a gun to her. Additionally he forced her to drink vodka until she got sit in an effort to "put her in the mood." 

The woman was held against her will for well over five hours. At one point she asked Epps to loosen the restraints so she could go to the bathroom. While she was in the bathroom Epps decided to order food and the victim climbed out of the bathroom window to escape. The victim ran across porch roofs in order to escape.  

She eventually jumped off the roof and onto the 2700 block of Baker Street. She broke her hip in the fall but kept running. Epps began chasing her before witnesses came to her aide.

Epps eventually returned to his victim's home and barricaded himself inside, which resulted in a seven hour standoff. He eventually surrendered after talking with his lawyer.

Lenny Epps is facing two life sentences plus 42 years. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 17, 2017.

Click here for the story from 2015.

According to a release from the Baltimore City State's Attorney's office at the time of the incident Epps was on federal parole for murdering a state's witness back in 1984.