Monday, June 26, 2006

Raleigh police have charged a man in a 1989 rape case using DNA evidence

News & Observer:

Thomas Junior Johnson

Thomas Junior Johnson, 45, faces one count of first degree forcible rape and one count of first degree kidnapping, according to a police news release.

On Oct. 7, 1989, a 24-year-old woman was walking in the 2700 block of Hillsborough Street when a man police say was Johnson emerged from some shrubbery. The man threatened to hit the woman with a bottle, dragged her toward a vehicle parked nearby, forced her to the ground and raped her. He then drove off in the vehicle.

The arrest was made possible by a recent State Bureau of Investigation DNA analysis, the news release said.

Johnson is serving time at the Scotland Correctional Institute for an unrelated conviction.

Police Charge Incarcerated Man With 1989 Rape

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