City man faces sex assault charges

June 14, 1997


Staff Writer

A Hagerstown man was arrested Friday morning after a woman was abducted at gunpoint while walking on West Franklin Street and raped in a vacant apartment, according to Hagerstown police.

Dwain Thomas Kemp, 24, of 60 Manor Drive, Apt. 104, was charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, perverted practice, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a handgun in a violent crime and attempted sodomy, police said.

Police said a 23-year-old woman had been walking eastbound in the first block of West Franklin Street about 4 a.m. Friday when a man walking in the other direction said "Hello." The woman said "Hello" and continued walking, police said.


The man then came up from behind the woman and grabbed her ponytail while placing a small black handgun to her head. The man led the woman to a vacant apartment at 25 1/2 W. Franklin St. and performed various sexual acts on the woman, police said.

Once the assault ended, the man ran from the apartment and the woman returned to her residence and called police at 4:43 a.m. She described the man as black, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 300 pounds, wearing a green sweatsuit with one leg pulled up and glasses. She said he appeared to be 35 to 40 years old.

Police Officer Joseph Stauffer saw a man matching that description sleeping on the front steps of a house in the 100 block of South Potomac Street at 6:10 a.m., police said. Kemp was arrested and later identified by the woman as her assailant, police said.

The woman was examined at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

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