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The authorities in Florida and have used genealogy and DNA results to connect with a Michigan man in two sexual assault cases for more than two decades ago.
Robert, Brian, Thomas, 61, was arrested last week and imprisoned there, where he is awaiting extradition to Florida, police said at a Monday press conference.
The authorities, in the name of Robert, Brian, Thomas, the suspicious, those are a couple of gender-based violence in 1998.
(Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
Researchers have extracted DNA evidence from the scene of an attack in Venice, Fla., in January of 1998. A man had broken into a female’s apartment before dawn, threatened her with a knife, tied her up and then raped her, while Tampa Bay’s FOX 13 reported.
The researchers linked the DNA to that incident, another rape, and later in the year at Indian Rocks Beach, about 80 km north of Venice and to the train station. In the second incident, a man was shot dead and a 20-year-old woman and forced her to have oral sex.
For more than 20 years later, the DNA from the attack was to be submitted to the state Department for the Enforcement of the Law has been in the Genetic Genealogy Unit, which is similar to the DNA in the public databases, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
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Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the researchers found a distant relative of the accused, by gedmatch.com a third-party web site, which allows users of the ancestery.com and 23andMe is the sharing of DNA profiles by law enforcement, if they choose to do so.
Researchers have used the website to identify Thomas as a suspect in the 1998 attacks. At the time, Thomas had been living in the Tampa Bay area, but now resides in Wyoming.
Venice, the detectives flew to Niles, Mich., earlier this month, where they have been taken in Thomas’ discarded cigarette butts, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. A lab analysis matched the DNA from the cigarette to the 1998 sexual violence, the report said.
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Thomas could be facing a litany of charges from the attack, but because of the statute of limitations, only to be faced with a criminal charge of sexual battery with a deadly weapon, according to the Herald-Tribune.