Kingsville Man Arrested on Attempted 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Sex Offense

(Aberdeen, Md. – June 20, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the grave assaults on two women in the Aberdeen area of the County a long the Route 40 corridor. The crimes were reported to have occurred on dates in mid to late May and involved the strangulation of both victims who survived.

Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Charles Eugene Burns, 34, of the 12000 block of Belair Road in Kingsville and charged him with attempted 1st & 2nd degree murder, sex offense 1st degree, and assault 1st & 2nd degree pertaining to the first incident and robbery, assault 2nd degree, and theft less than $500 value regarding the second incident. Burns is to have allegedly picked up both women, who are acknowledged prostitutes, in Aberdeen. In both incidents Burns was driving a gray/silver Dodge Neon passenger car. In the first crime Burns is to have taken the victim to a secluded area in Aberdeen near train tracks. This is where the victim was strangled and sexually assaulted to be later driven to another location and released. In the second crime Burns was to have driven the victim to a cemetery at the corner of Spesutia Road and Perryman Road. At this location Burns strangled the victim to the point of losing consciousness took her purse with personal contents and left her for dead. Both victims did survive their serious assaults to later come forward to report the incidents to the Sheriff’s Office.

Burns received his bond review before a Harford County District Court Judge on Monday, June 19th and has been incarcerated in the Harford County Detention Center on bond denied for the first crime incident and $250,000 bond for the second crime incident.

Criminal investigators with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office are continuing the investigation into the assaults. Anyone with information regarding the assault cases or who may have been victimized by Burns is urged to contact Detective Tom Bradley at 410-836-5431.