Ottawa police on Monday said officers used a DNA match to arrest a 51-year-old Arizona man in connection with a 2000 kidnapping and sexual battery cold case.
Police identified the suspect charged in the case on a warrant issued by the Franklin County Attorney’s Office.
According to police, the 16-year-old victim reported she was abducted the evening of Feb. 19, 2000, from the parking lot at Walmart, 2101 South Princeton Road in Ottawa. She said the assailant had forced her into a car and drove her to another location where he assaulted her and then drove her to another place and assaulted her before she was released.
During 2000, Ottawa detectives investigated possible suspects and collected forensic evidence before exhausting all possible leads at the time. But recently the Kansas Bureau of Investigation performed a search in a national DNA database and discovered a match that linked to the suspect.
Ottawa police interviewed the suspect in Arizona in January, and later the Franklin Count Attorney’s office issued a warrant on charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual battery, according to police. The suspect was arrested Friday and is currently being held on $500,000 bond in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center.
The Journal-World generally does not name suspects in sex crimes unless they have been convicted.