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City man charged in sexual assaults

February 23, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Chambersburg, Pa., police said they were investigating whether a Hagerstown man charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two teenagers in Montgomery County, Md., might have been involved in two similar attacks in Franklin County, Pa., last year.

Pov N. Srun, 33, of the 800 block of West Washington Street, was charged Tuesday morning with one count of second-degree rape, one count of first-degree sex offense, one count of second-degree sex offense and five counts of third-degree sex offense, Montgomery County Police said in a news release.

Police said the first Montgomery County attack was Jan. 25 at the Norbeck Montessori Day School in Rockville, Md. The attacker made an 18-year-old woman first get into her car, then his minivan, and forced her to have sex with him, police said.

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On Monday, in Bethesda, Md., an attacker allegedly forced a 16-year-old girl at Wildwood Shopping Center into her minivan and sexually assaulted her, police said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Chambersburg Police Detective Sgt. Diane Kelso said police were reviewing two 2004 sexual assaults - in Waynesboro on Sept. 18 and in Chambersburg on Sept. 28 - to see if Srun was involved.

She wouldn't say more because police have scheduled a news conference this morning to discuss the cases.

In the Chambersburg attack, a man forced his way into a 20-year-old woman's car at Weis Market on Wayne Avenue, police said at the time. He drove her to an unknown location, sexually assaulted her and drove her back to the parking lot, police said.

The attack in Waynesboro happened after a man forced his way into a 16-year-old girl's vehicle in the Kmart parking lot, police said.

The man drove the girl around for about an hour and sexually assaulted her. Then he stopped the vehicle about a block away from where he abducted the girl, got out and ran away, police said in September.

A silver Honda Odyssey minivan that Srun was driving when he was stopped Monday is similar to the vehicle driven by the attacker in both Montgomery County incidents and the Chambersburg assault, according to police.

After Monday's attack, a witness saw the 16-year-old girl get out of her minivan partially clothed, Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Lt. Eric Burnett.

The girl pointed to a man who was already out of the minivan. She told the witness that the man had attacked her, Burnett said.

The male witness confronted the attacker, but the attacker claimed he had a gun and the witness backed away, Burnett said.

After the attacker drove away, the man gave police a description of the vehicle and a license plate number, Burnett said.

As the description and plate number were broadcast over a police frequency, an off-duty Montgomery County police officer heard them, according to Burnett.

The officer checked a computer database, saw that it was registered to a Hagerstown address and called another off-duty Montgomery County officer who lives in Washington County.

The second officer went to the address and waited. Burnett said the officer watched Srun stop at the home and drop off some people, then followed him as he drove away.

The second off-duty officer then called the Hagerstown Police Department for assistance.

Burnett would not identify the officers.

Lt. Michael King of the Hagerstown Police Department said Detectives Casey Yonkers and Christopher Kayser and Officer Chad Woodring responded to the call for assistance and stopped the minivan at about 5:30 p.m.

King said the stop was in the city's west end, at West Franklin Street and Bryan Place, not far from Srun's home.

Montgomery County Police would not give out Srun's exact street address, but in his divorce papers on file in Washington County Circuit Court, his address is listed as 838 W. Washington St., #1.

Srun was being held without bond Tuesday evening at the Montgomery County Detention Center. A jail spokesman said he is due back in court on March 18.

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