Cumberland Times-News

December 3, 2013

Grand jury indicts city rape suspect

Alleged crime occurred in October 2012

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County grand jury for November indicted  24-year-old Marlon Matthew-Khan Hawkins of Cumberland, charging him with second-degree rape.

Hawkins was arrested by members of the C3I Warrant/Fugitive Unit.

The charge stems from an investigation that began Oct. 6, 2012, when Cumberland Police responded to a South Cumberland residence for a reported sexual assault. After initial interviews with the 18-year-old female victim and witnesses, police requested the assistance of C3I.

Investigators learned that there had been a party at another location earlier in the evening. Party attendees were drinking alcohol and there were varying levels of intoxication. The victim, some friends and several other people left the party and ended up at another location for the remainder of the evening. The suspect was one of the people with them.

Early the next morning, Cumberland Police were contacted about the alleged sexual assault. C3I investigators obtained evidence from the scene and a DNA sample from Hawkins.

The evidence was forwarded to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab for testing, which took several months. Evidence collected from the victim matched the DNA sample from Hawkins. With this information, the case was presented to the grand jury.

Hawkins was taken before Allegany County Circuit Court for an initial appearance and, after posting $10,000 bond, is free pending his next court appearance, which is scheduled for Dec. 10.