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Police arrested a resident of Lod on suspicion of carrying out a brutal rape
seven years ago, following a breakthrough in the investigation based on DNA
The suspect, 30, allegedly gave a ride to a 21-year-old woman
in 2005, picking her up near Gedera. The woman told police that her attacker
suddenly drove into a field, where he raped her while launching a vicious
physical assault. The attacker then fled the scene, leaving the battered woman
to find her own way to a nearby road.
Police from the Rehovot station
tried for years to find a lead in the investigation, but failed to make any
Then, in January of this year, DNA evidence was taken from the
scene of a home burglary in Rehovot.
Forensic officers compared the DNA
sample with DNA evidence taken from the woman following her attack, and found a
match, police said.
Police added that the suspect confessed to the rape
during questioning after he was presented with the DNA evidence.
confessed to carrying out three violent robberies of couples who had been
sitting in fields on the outskirts of Rehovot, police said.
The case is
one of a growing number of investigations that have been revived after hitting
dead ends, thanks to DNA samples.
In January, police in the South
announced that a bloody towel a thief left behind in Beersheba had led to his
eventual arrest, after DNA in the police’s central database showed a match with
DNA from the towel.
Police plan to continue to enlarge the national DNA