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DNA hit leads to arrest in 12-year-old rape case in Stafford County

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By KEITH EPPS

A DNA hit has led to the arrest of a Chicago man in connection with a rape in Stafford County that took place more than 12 years ago, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the victim was walking to work early Nov. 12, 2000, when she was confronted at gunpoint by an unknown man. The gunman then abducted and raped her in the Garrison Woods area of North Stafford.

The Sheriff’s Office was called and conducted a “vigorous” investigation, Kennedy said, but was unable to come up with a suspect.

Anderson

But last year detectives Chris Cameron and Eric Quinn got word from the Forensics Science Laboratory in Northern Virginia that a DNA hit had been made in connection with the years-old rape. Warrants were later obtained for 35-year-old Troy Lee Anderson, and he was arrested earlier this month in Chicago.

Cameron and Quinn recently went to Chicago and brought Anderson back to Virginia to stand trial. He is currently being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail on charges of rape and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Kennedy said the detectives’ investigation has turned up multiple connections to the Stafford area. He was in the Marine Corps and stationed at Quantico at the time of the rape, police said.

Anderson’s DNA was submitted to a federal database after he was arrested on felony charges in Illinois several years after the Stafford rape, Kennedy said. It was not immediately clear what charges he faced in Illinois.

Kennedy said detectives have been in touch with the victim and have informed her of the arrest.

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