James Byrd, 现在 60, was arrested in Marion County on charges of armed kidnapping and sexual battery in the 22-year-old case, Tampa police said.
“As is clear in this case, we have never considered an investigation as a ‘cold case’ and we work every case until each one can be successfully solved,” Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan 在声明中说.
Investigators used genetic genealogy to link Byrd to the March 1998 事件, 警察说.
Byrd, 然后 38, had offered a ride in his blue pickup truck to a woman he saw walking near Columbus Drive and Interstate 4, 的 Tampa Bay Times 已报告, citing a police report. The woman agreed.
Byrd then pulled out a six-inch knife and threatened the woman before raping her and leaving her by the roadside, 根据报告.
女人, now in her 40s and living out of state, gave police a description of the man, and DNA evidence was collected and preserved at the time, FOX13 Tampa 已报告. But no arrests were made.
在 2015, the DNA was linked to two other sexual assault investigations in Hillsborough County from 1999, 该台报道. 然而, investigators still could not identify a suspect.
在九月, forensic scientists identified Byrd as a possible match using genealogical testing, the reports said. Investigators then took a closer look at Byrd, following him last month to a doctor’s office, where they collected a cigarette butt he threw on the ground.
Investigators tested the discarded cigarette and the DNA profile matched the evidence preserved from the 1998 案件, 警察说.
Byrd has denied ever meeting the victim or having sex with her, the police report said.