A Frederick man already accused of drug offenses dating back to April was indicted Tuesday on rape and assault charges after authorities obtained further evidence.
Christopher Darnell Alexander, 38, of the 1300 block of David Lane, was first arrested shortly after Frederick police responded to a call for a rape at 3:41 a.m. April 23, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.
As a result of their investigation, officers served a search warrant on Alexander’s home and found a glass jar of PCP, prescription pills including oxycodone and muscle relaxers, as well as drug paraphernalia, all of which were seized as evidence in the case, the documents state.
Alexander was charged with seven drug offenses as a result of the evidence seized in the search, including possession and possession with intent to distribute PCP, according to court records. He was released from jail on April 24 on $20,000 unsecured personal bail in connection with those charges, the records state.
While officers met and spoke with a woman regarding the rape allegation, detectives decided to hold off on filing that charge in order to gather further evidence, according to Frederick County Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Engler, who represented the prosecutor’s office at a bail review hearing on Alexander’s rape and assault charges Tuesday afternoon.
The woman told police that she had been at Alexander’s house and blacked out shortly after Alexander served her drinks, then awoke to find him raping her, Engler told Circuit Judge Julia A. Martz-Fisher in Tuesday’s hearing. Recent test results returned to police indicated the woman had PCP in her system, which prosecutors argued that Alexander slipped into the woman’s drink without her knowledge.
In light of the added evidence, police filed an indictment charging Alexander with second-degree rape and second-degree assault, resulting in Alexander once again being arrested Tuesday by a Frederick County sheriff’s deputy.
Devin Luqman, a lawyer for Alexander, told Martz-Fisher that Alexander was enrolled in drug treatment in Frederick and was fully compliant with his supervisors in the previous drug case, arguing that Alexander should be released on the same bail in connection with the new charges.
While Engler argued in favor of the judge withholding Alexander’s bail, Martz-Fisher sided with Luqman, ordering that Alexander be released after signing a written promise to appear in court.
Alexander’s next scheduled court appearance was set for 2 p.m. Nov. 18, according to court records.