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Hagerstown man charged in Pa. assaults

April 12, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A joint investigation by the Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pa., police departments has led to 40 felony and misdemeanor charges being filed against a Hagerstown man in the abductions and sexual assaults of a 16-year-old girl and 20-year-old woman last fall.

The charges were filed Monday in Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter's Office against Pov N. Srun, 33, of the 800 block of West Washington Street, according to Detective Scott Mummert of the Chambersburg Police Department.

Srun was indicted last month in Montgomery County, Md., on multiple sex offense charges stemming from assaults on Jan. 25 in Rockville, Md., and Feb. 21, in Bethesda, Md. He was arrested on Feb. 21 after a witness provided police with a description of a vehicle used by the attacker.

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In Franklin County, police announced in February that Srun was a suspect in two cases similar to the ones on Montgomery County, in which the women were forced into vehicles, driven to another location and sexually assaulted.

On Sept. 16, 2004, a 16-year-old girl was abducted from the Kmart parking lot in Waynesboro by a man who forced her into her vehicle, drove her from the area and sexually assaulted her. He later returned the girl and the vehicle to the area near Kmart before fleeing on foot.

A 20-year-old woman was kidnapped from the Weis Market parking lot in Chambersburg on Sept. 28, according to Chambersburg police. She was driven from the area in her vehicle and sexually assaulted, with the attacker again returning the victim and her vehicle to the area where the kidnapping took place.

Waynesboro and Chambersburg police charged Srun Monday with four counts each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and kidnapping; three counts each of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault; and two counts each of sexual assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, terroristic threats, robbery of a motor vehicle, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, kidnapping and robbery of a motor vehicle charges are all first-degree felonies, each with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.

At a joint press conference in February, Chambersburg Police Chief Michael T. DeFrank said DNA evidence linked the Jan. 25 assault in Rockville with the incidents in Waynesboro and Chambersburg. At the time, however, Srun's DNA was still undergoing tests to determine if it was linked to those crimes, according to an official with the Montgomery County Police Department.

Mummert could not be reached for comment Monday night.

The news release he issued stated that police in Franklin County have filed a detainer against Srun with the Montgomery County Detention Center. Extradition proceedings against him will not begin, however, until he has been prosecuted in Maryland, it stated.

Officials with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office said in March that Srun is unlikely to be tried before late summer.

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