The Assistant State’s Attorney Anastasia Prigge said during opening arguments at Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. “She’s 74, but she’s in good shape,” and was able to fight back against the suspect, who broke into her home, and held a knife against her throat as she slept. And the Capital Gazette reported that the woman, who lives alone, was able to get the intruder out of the house by pressing her medical alert device, which sounded a loud alarm in her house. The woman then said that the intruder then walked out “eerily calm,” Prigge said. The woman suffered several injuries, including a cut to the leg, during the Aug. 13, 2021 attack.
The suspect is 49-year-old Paul Harrell, who now faces a life sentence in Maryland. Court documents say that he previously was convicted of raping three women in Washington state in 1992 and 1993. Police noted those three rapes involved Harell using an edged weapon while the women were asleep.
WNAV first reported on the attack when Anne Arundel County police first reported it last year.