Saturday, October 23, 2010

DNA Links North Carolina Man to 2006 Rape

DNA Links Man to Cold Case Rape from 2006

Suspect Submits DNA on Unrelated Matter

By: Joseph L. Giacalone

ghr.nlm.nih.gov
DNA is proving its value one again by tying Frank Cruz, a North Carolina man to a brutal rape that occurred in 2006. After the incident, the police removed the victim to the hospital where a Sexual Offense Evidence Collection Kit was prepared. The DNA was added to the FBI Combined DNA Index System, CODIS for short, but it did not lead to a match initially.

The suspect, Frank Cruz was arrested for an unrelated charge and voluntarily submitted to a DNA test and as they say, "the rest is history."

In December 2010, Frank Cruz was indicted in two (2) additional cold case rapes. His trial is set to begin in a few weeks.

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1 comment:

  1. Frank Cruz was charged with "first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, assault on a female, communicating threats, sex offense and first-degree kidnapping." and at the time the article was written, he was being held under a $150,000 bond. An article posted Oct 26th on:

    http://dailyme.com/story/2010102600001997/rape-suspect-court-history.html

    provided an update that he is now being held under a $1 million bond in Orange County for this case, and has a a court date in Alamance County District Court on Nov. 16 for some traffic offenses.

    If I were a supervisor on this case, I'd make sure to keep a close eye on him if he were to be released. It has been reported that he can be a very confrontational and violent individual.

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