Two held in rape and kidnapping probes

May 15, 1997


Staff Writer

New charges of rape and kidnapping have been filed against a Pennsylvania man already being held in attacks on four women in Washington County since mid-February.

A second Pennsylvania man also has been charged, and both men were being held on $1 million bond each.

Donald Lee Walls Jr., 26, of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., was in custody when the new charges were brought Tuesday.

Hagerstown City Police have charged 25-year-old Ronald Clayton Trovinger, of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., in two of the four incidents.

At a Wednesday bond review, Washington County District Judge Noel Spence imposed a $1 million bond on Trovinger.

"I've got a good job and I'd like to get back to work," Trovinger said.

His attorney, George "Chip" Snyder Jr., said Trovinger works at Davey Tree Experts in Frederick County, Md. He apparently has no prior criminal record.


Snyder told Spence that two of the three victims were admitted prostitutes.

In three of the cases, the women got into a van - one at gunpoint.

The incidents in which Walls is accused include:

  • A Feb. 15 abduction at gunpoint, rape and robbery of a 38-year-old woman as she was walking along U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown, authorities said.
  • A Feb. 19 incident in which a woman was picked up in the first block of West Church Street and driven against her will to Salem Avenue where she was raped, police said.

Trovinger and Walls have been charged in connection with:

  • A March 21 incident in which a woman got into a van in the 300 block of North Mulberry Street and was driven to Jefferson Boulevard where she jumped out of the van around Indian Lane. She told police she was assaulted and falsely imprisoned.
  • An April 5 incident in which a woman got into a passenger car containing two men in the 100 block of North Walnut Street and was driven to McDade Road west of Hagerstown where she said she was sodomized and sexually assaulted by the two men.

Walls was first charged by Investigator Chris Weaver of the Washington County Sheriff's Department after he received information from a Pennsylvania State Police trooper in McConnellsburg, Pa., who was working on another case.

Cooperating with city and county police on this case were officers from the Baltimore County Police and the Frederick City Police.

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