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DNA analysis leads to arrest of man in 2010 rape case

September 5, 2019

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A DNA analysis of a sexual assault kit from 2010 rape case in Vancouver has led to an arrest.

The Columbian reports Tewodros Gebremeskel of Vancouver appeared in court Wednesday on suspicion of rape. Bail was set at $100,000. It wasn’t known if he has a lawyer.

An affidavit of probable cause says on Sept. 2, 2010, a Vancouver police officer responded to a report of a woman screaming.

The affidavit says the woman reported she was walking when she noticed a minivan following her. In a nearby park, the affidavit says a man from the van caught her and sexually assaulted her.

In 2018, contents of the sexual assault exam were analyzed by Utah-based Sorenson Forensics. A male DNA profile was developed and sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, where it was compared with profiles in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System.

In March, the affidavit says the analysis produced a match with Gebremeskel.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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