10-year-old DNA sample leads to sex assault arrest
Winnipeg police lay charges in case where woman was dragged into alley, sexually assaulted
A woman who was sexually assaulted more than 10 years ago has finally seen charges laid in her case.
Winnipeg police began investigating a sexual assault in October 2003 after a 26-year-old woman was attacked on Princess Street.
Police said the woman was approached by two men and pulled into an alley where she was sexually assaulted by the pair and then robbed.
Officers were able to recover DNA evidence from the scene but couldn’t find a match in the RCMP National DNA data bank – until last month.
In October, the Winnipeg police sex crime unit was alerted a man being held at the Headingley Correctional Centre on an unrelated matter was a DNA match to one of the suspects in the 2003 sex assault.
Now, a 34-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault and robbery with violence. After being formally charged by officers he was returned to Headingley Correctional Centre.
Officers are still working to find a second suspect in the case and anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact police at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers 204-786-8477.