BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A West Baltimore man is under arrest after police say he attacked and raped a woman inside her apartment in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood.

Derek Valcourt has more on the arrest and reaction from the community.

Police say swift action in the case helped to catch the suspect.

The attack happened in the 900-block of St. Paul Street, a neighborhood full of young 20-something renters– many of them single women.

“It can happen to anybody, anywhere, so it’s really kind of scary,” said Lauren Remenyi.

“It’s a shock,” said Chelsea Schields. “It’s an awful tragedy.”

Police say the man behind the attack was Karreim Mason, 37, now locked up, charged with rape and sexual assault.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, may have left the door propped open as she was moving items into her apartment Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the suspect pushed her inside and raped her, then forced her to take a shower.

Rebecca Potter lives in same the building where it happened.

“Clearly there was a way that this man got in as the girl was moving in and out,” Potter said. “He took an opportunity and you really have to protect yourself. You really have to be very vigilant.”

Thanks to emails from the neighborhood association and several of the landlords in the area, word of the attack spread quickly.

“We have a very vigilant community,” said one neighbor.

Shortly after the crime, Mount Vernon Belvedere Association president Jason Curtis fired off an email to hundreds in the area with a description of the suspect.

Police say that helped produce tips.

“This is a great example of how the police and the community can work together just to help get the information out to help solve problems in the city,” Curtis said.

Many women who live in the complex say the crime is a reminder to be vigilant as they move about. It comes just as Rebecca Potter plans a move to the county next month.

“After this has happened, it kind of makes my decision a lot easier,” Potter said.

The suspect does have some prior drug arrests.  Police say they’ll be looking to see if he could be connected to other sexual assaults.

Police say they arrested Mason at his home on McKean Avenue in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

Comments (16)
  1. Harriet Wegman says:

    Just put him down like the dog he is – and let the victim be the one to put him down.

  2. Joe says:

    Probably took the free bus from sandtown to mt Vernon and then road it home. Thanks Baltimore for bringing the hood to our doorsteps. When are we getting that giant ferris wheel, that should solve all of this dumps problems!

  3. Diane King says:

    Put this waste product away for good PLEASE. He already has a record, has committed this horrible violent act against a young woman, and he doesn’t deserve to be out among humans.

  4. Paul Eric Kilmon says:

    This is unfortunate and very sad, but your racist rants are unnecessary and don’t help the situation. This could have easily been a white thug.

    1. Sam says:

      Buuut it wasn’t.

    2. Billiam says:

      But it wasn’t and it doesn’t matter if it “could have been” or not.

  5. charles says:

    Put him in the hot sat. I can only imagine the fear this poor girl went through. In my opinion a rapest is the lowest form of a human being. This poor thing did not know if his intent was to kill her. FRY HIM.

  6. Mike says:

    Once they convict him, make him a eunich!!!!

    Without a mans equipment, he won’t ever be able to do this again, once the judge gives him probation and sends him back into the neighborhood.

    And to Paul….how can you yell racists when the news story show a picture of a african american male. Truth hurts!!!! By the way the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Westboro Church and stated that speech can be hurtful but it was their right to say it.
    So if you don’t like what people have to say, don’t read the comments or move to a country that limits your rights.



  8. williejoe says:

    I said yesterday before it was pulled down that this POS black trash would;d have priors & you bet, he does. I woul;d like the sentencing judge or the parole board that sprung this contemptible spoonie to look me in the eye along with WJZ for removing my post stating that I had a daughter raped not far from that site twenty years ago by a black man who was never apprehended. WJZ, your conceal like most news stations in your feeble attempt to cover up & be politically correct what everyone on the street already knows & that is Blacks 13 to 35 are responsible for 90% of all violent crimes in & around Baltimore.

  9. Leonard says:

    I think I understand you a little better williejoe, You may not accept this from me but my heart broke reading about your daughter and I’m sorry that happened. I have 3 daughters and it that happened to one of them I’d want to take the law into my own hands.

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