Fort Bragg soldier charged in cold case brutal rape, kidnapping of Texas teen girl

Levi Goss was charged Friday, with the brutal kidnapping and rape of a teenager in Texas.

(Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office)

A Fort Bragg soldier was charged Friday in the brutal kidnapping and rape of a teenager in Texas in 2013, a case whose trail had gone cold, the officials said.

Levi Goss, 24, was arrested in North Carolina last week on a DUI charge and was linked to the Texas case of 2013 by a DNA test, KHOU reported.

Authorities said the attack happened Feb. 5, 2013 when the 16-year-old girl was attacked during a walk in the vicinity of a school and hit on the head with an axe by an attacker wearing a mask.

The girl said she was dragged to a field where her clothes were torn and she was sexually assaulted.

The masked man then hit her with the axe again and the girl played dead, until she was able to walk — naked and bleeding — to a nearby cinema to get help, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities in Houston, plan to hold a press conference about the arrest at around 2:30 a.m. local time Tuesday.

Press conference set for 2:30 p.m. to announce arrest in brutal 2013 kidnapping and sexual assault of a 16-year-old Cypress girl in 2013. We will live stream on Twitter. #hounews

— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) February 13, 2018

The girl told the police her attacker was a man in the 20, but could only otherwise describe him as the green eyes of the mask that he wore, KHOU reported.


After the attack, DNA collected from the victim and submitted in a database, but the case went cold until earlier late last year.

In December, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science got a database match that of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory for a military offender listed as Goss, according to the court documents obtained by KPRC-TV.

A witness saw the suspect at a gas station in the 2013 attack, was shown a photograph of Goss when questioned again by the police. The witness told them the man went there with a grey shirt, went to the toilet, then left wearing a different shirt.

The gray shirt was found in a trash bin covered in blood the next day, according to the court documents obtained by KPRC. That witness was able to identify Goss as the man seen in the grey shirt on the night of the attack.

Goss is charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child and aggravated kidnapping, and on Monday, the court said that he was not the match is to be extradited to Texas, the Fayetteville Observer reported.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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