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Trial for man charged in two rapes is continued

April 27, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The case of a Hagerstown man charged with raping two women in Franklin County 2 1/2 years ago has been continued for another two months.

Assistant District Attorney David Rahauser said the case against Pov Srun has been continued to the July trial term because pretrial defense motions have not been resolved.

Srun, 35, is charged with a Sept. 16, 2004, sexual assault of a then-16-year-old Smithsburg girl and the Sept. 28, 2004, assault on a then-20-year-old Chambersburg woman.

In both cases, a man forced his way into the women's vehicles, drove them a short distance and assaulted them, according to Waynesboro and Chambersburg police. The first incident began in the Waynesboro Kmart parking lot on East Main Street, and the second in the Weis Markets parking lot on Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg, police said.

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In both incidents, the assailant drove the women back to the areas where the attacks began and then fled.

Srun already is serving a 35-year Maryland state prison sentence for similar crimes committed in 2004 and 2005 in Montgomery County, Md. Srun entered a plea agreement in those cases when represented by a different attorney, his present attorney Gary Knaresboro said during an earlier court appearance.

Knaresboro had filed a motion earlier this year to limit evidence from the Maryland cases. During a March hearing on the motion, Knaresboro told Judge John R. Walker admitting evidence from the Maryland cases would be prejudicial to Srun.

Rahauser said at the March hearing that the Maryland cases "establish a connection with the DNA and modus operandi" of the Pennsylvania cases.

DNA matching Srun's was found in both Pennsylvania cases and one of the Maryland assaults, according to police records.

On Friday, Rahauser said the prosecution also is awaiting a transcript of an interview with one of the Maryland victims. How Walker rules on the defense motion will determine whether, or how, the information can be used at trial.

Charges against Srun include felony counts of rape, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and robbery of a motor vehicle, according to court records.

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