Pa. teen reports downtown rape

April 01, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 16-year-old girl told Waynesboro Police she was raped Monday night on the steps leading to the basement of the Leland Hotel.

Police were called to the emergency room of Waynesboro Hospital at 11:23 p.m. where they interviewed the girl who said a man forced her to have sex after she refused twice.

Waynesboro Police Chief Glenn Phenicie said the girl is not from Waynesboro.

The girl told police she met the man, who is approximately 19 years old, at McDonald's restaurant on Main Street at around 9 p.m.


After talking for awhile, she accepted an offer from the man for a ride home, she told police. While taking her home, the man allegedly stopped at the parking lot at the rear of the Leland Hotel where they talked in the car.

The girl told police they left the car and talked. She said they moved to steps that lead to the basement of the hotel and the man asked her to have sex.

She told police she refused and the man told her that if she did not do what he wanted he would not take her home.

She again refused and the male pinned her down and forced her to have intercourse, the girl told police. He then took $40 out of her pocket and drove her home, the girl told police.

The man is described as a black male with a dark complexion, short hair, approximately 6 feet 1 inches tall, and weighing about 200 pounds.

He was wearing prescription eyeglasses, a Nike T-shirt, black Nike jacket and black baggy jeans. He was operating a newer model black Toyota Celica with a spoiler. The state of registration was unknown.

The man reportedly told the girl that he was from California and would be returning there soon.

Residents living in the vicinity of the Leland Hotel parking lot told police they remembered seeing the vehicle but nobody was around it.

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