Man accused of raping, photographing woman after buying her shot at Clyde's of Chevy Chase

Philip Kantor (Montgomery County Police Department)

A registered sex offender is accused of slipping a roofie in a female stranger's drink at Clyde's of Chevy Chase, and later raping and photographing that woman within his condo located a few blocks away.

Philip Mauricio Kantor, 46, of the 4500 block of Willard Avenue in Chevy Chase, is charged with second-degree rape and first-degree assault.

According to recently filed charging documents, the female victim ate dinner and consumed a few drinks while listening to a band play at Clyde's on the night of Jan. 26. Following the show, the victim closed out her tab and struck up a casual conversation with some of the musicians. That's when Kantor allegedly approached the group and offered to buy everyone a round of shots. Everyone accepted the seemingly friendly gesture.

"[The victim] described her last memory of the evening to be the consumption of a dark, yellow-colored liquor in a shot glass provided to her by Kantor," investigators later wrote in a criminal affidavit. "[The victim] has no recollection of the subsequent events that occurred at Clyde's of Chevy Chase nor does she recall leaving the restaurant."

During an interview with detectives two days later, the victim said she awoke from a deep sleep only to realize that a man — later identified as Kantor — was raping her without a condom. The victim recalled being "completely naked" and "feeling paralyzed." She also remembered seeing "flashes of light" in the otherwise dark room, which she believed to be Kantor taking photos of her exposed body.

The victim passed out again. She later re-awoke feeling "very groggy and disoriented." She tried to collect her clothing and personal belongings, but struggled to do so because of a leg injury she did not have the night before. Kantor reportedly helped the victim gather her jacket, scarf, dress, stockings and boots, walked her to a nearby Whole Foods and placed her in a cab.

The victim initially returned home, but after recollecting on the traumatic events of the night, went to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville. There, medical staff performed a sexual assault test on the woman, and also observed numerous contusions on her legs, buttocks and back.

"[The victim] also had severe soft tissue trauma to both of her knees, which were so swollen that [she] had difficulty standing and walking," investigators noted after reviewing medical records.

The victim told police that she initially planned to keep quiet but changed her mind after finding Kantor on Maryland's Sex Offender Registry. The database listed Kantor’s address as a unit within the Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominiums — a residential tower located only a few blocks from Clyde's.

Detectives drove to the Willoughby and reviewed multiple surveillance camera logs. Kantor is reportedly seen leaving the building by himself at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 and later returning with the victim at 2:42 a.m.

"[The victim] appears to be very unsteady and looks to be pushing Kantor away," investigators wrote after watching the video. "Kantor is seen trying to grab hold of [the victim] and appears to be trying to get her inside the apartment building... he appears to be holding her up while walking."

Maryland court records reveal Kantor has a checkered criminal history. In 2004, Montgomery County Police charged him with third-degree burglary and sex abuse of a minor. Kantor later pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received three years of supervised probation, but no jail time.

In 2007, Montgomery County Police charged Kantor with second-degree rape. The case, however, was later dropped for undisclosed reasons. Then in 2009, Montgomery County Police charged Kantor with failure to register as a sex offender after he moved from Kensington to Chevy Chase. Yet, similar to the 2007 case, authorities opted not to prosecute Kantor.

According to court documents, Kantor is a native of Nicaragua who has worked as a "laborer" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Scene Shop in Northeast D.C. for the last 11 years.

Kantor is currently being held without bond and faces up to 45 years in prison in the pending rape case. His next court date is scheduled for March 1, in Montgomery County District Court. No defense attorney is listed in court paperwork.

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