|Thursday, April 21, 2011 – Anne Kramer and the Associated Press|
|Baltimore County Police say a man serving a 25-year sentence in the death of his wife has now been charged with a 10-year-old rape.
Police spokesman Lt. Rob McCullough says 56-year-old Nankisoor Ramnath has been charged with second-degree rape and related charges after his DNA was linked to the 2001 assault.
McCullough says the woman reported the rape to police after it happened, but detectives exhausted all leads and suspended the investigation several months later. But in December, Maryland State Police contacted Baltimore County Police, alerting them to a DNA match.
Ramnath’s DNA had been collected following his 2008 conviction for strangling his wife, 50-year-old Nirmala Maharaj, in their home.
Here is additional information about the case from Baltimore County.
Baltimore County Police have charged Nankisoor Ramnath, 56, on April 19, for a second degree rape he committed in 2001. The crime occurred in the unit-block of Brookbury Drive, 21136 in Precinct 3/Franklin.
On April 21, 2001, Baltimore County Police investigated a second degree rape that occurred in the unit-block of Brookbury Drive, 21136. The investigation revealed that the victim who did not know her attacker was forcibly raped after meeting him at a local gas station and having lunch with him. The attacker fled the scene and the victim contacted police. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was given a SAFE exam. The investigative exam led to the gathering of DNA evidence from the victim in the case. After exhausting all leads in an attempt to locate the attacker, police detectives suspended their investigation on September 5, 2001.
The suspect DNA evidence was stored in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). On December 21, 2010, Baltimore County Police received investigatory information from the Maryland State Police confirming a CODIS hit between a Maryland convicted offender and an unsolved 2001 Baltimore County second degree rape. The Maryland convicted offender was identified as Nankisoor Ramnath. Ramnath has denied having sexual contact with the victim in this case.
Nankisoor Ramnath is currently incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institute-Hagerstown and serving twenty-five years for the 2008 murder of his ex-wife, Nirmala Maharaj. On October 29, 2008, the body of Nirmala Maharaj was found in a storage area underneath a house in the unit-block of Ritters Lane North, 21117. Investigation revealed that Nankisoor Ramnath had strangled the victim and placed her body in the storage area.
Police believe that he may be responsible for other sexual assaults and may have preyed upon vulnerable adults.