For Immediate Release 5/10/2017
Southwest Baltimore—Jamal Simms was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of more than a dozen crimes stemming from a 2016 rape. Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer McAllister prosecuted the case.
On July 15, 2016 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a woman was attacked by Simms while sleeping in her apartment. According to her testimony, Simms turned her onto her back and started choking her. He then forced himself upon her and raped her.
The woman said that while Simms was wearing a skull cap over his face and was carrying a knife during the attack, she recognized his shorts and foul smell. The woman had seen Simms wearing those same shorts the day before, and recognized his off-putting scent from the time he spent at her home the previous week. Simms was a friend of the woman’s ex-boyfriend.
The woman escaped when Simms allowed her to go to her kitchen unattended. She ran to a neighbor’s house and called the police. DNA tests later corroborated that Simms had sexual contact with the woman.
“The bravery of this survivor is to be commended,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “She was able to make the observations necessary during her attack that were used to identify, arrest and convict her attacker. The majority of rapes that take place involve a person the survivor already knows. I hope this verdict encourages other survivors to come forward and seek justice for what’s been done to them.”
During the 2017 legislative session, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City successfully championed legislation to better protect victims of sexual assault, including the passage of a bill that will remove evidence of physical resistance as a requirement to prove a sex crime and another bill that will require the retention of rape kits for at least 20 years and the notification of victims regarding rape kit disposal.
Simms is facing a life sentence for his crimes. He is scheduled for sentencing on July 11, 2017.