Police arrested a 34-year-old resident of the Arab village of Jat, in the Sharon district of central Israel on Tuesday on suspicion of raping a woman he gave a ride to in 2006.
The arrest was made possible by a DNA sample recently taken by the suspect while he was in custody over an unrelated offense of violent assault, police said.
Six years ago, a woman, 34, from Rishon Lezion, hitched a ride with a man after leaving a nightclub. The driver suddenly swerved off the main road, assaulted and raped the woman while threatening violence, before throwing her out of the vehicle and fleeing the scene.
Police took the rapist's DNA sample and stored it on a national database at Jerusalem police national headquarters.