BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a woman after he offered her a ride in his car, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said Wednesday.

Brandon Saunders, 31, was found guilty of first-degree rape, first-degree assault, and kidnapping in November 2021.

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On July 28, 2019 about 3 a.m., the victim flagged down Saunders, who was operating as a “hack,” or unlicensed cab driver.

The woman got into Saunders’ car. But instead of taking her to her end destination, he took her to a parking lot behind Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County.

“Saunders then assaulted the victim, threatened her life and raped her,” prosecutors said.

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The woman was able to escape when Saunders went to the trunk of his car to get a weapon. She ran through a wooded area and onto I-695, which is where she was able to flag down a passing motorist for help.

Investigators determined DNA recovered from the victim matched DNA from another rape victim in Baltimore City, Shellenberger’s office said. In each incident, Saunders offered the victim a ride home before raping her.

After arresting Saunders, police obtained his DNA, which “matched the evidence recovered from the victim,” prosecutors said.

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Saunders was arrested in July 2020 and charged in both cases. His trial in the Baltimore City case is scheduled for March, according to court records.

CBS Baltimore Staff