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Stafford rape from 2000 forwarded to grand jury

Charges against a man accused in a November 2000 rape of a woman in Stafford County were sent to a grand jury Tuesday following a closed hearing in Stafford General District Court.

Troy Lee Anderson, 35, was living in Chicago when he was arrested on the Stafford charges in March. He is charged with rape and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

At the time of Anderson’s arrest, police said a cold DNA hit tied him to the rape that occurred more than 12 years ago. It was not clear what evidence prosecutor Amy Casey presented at Tuesday’s hearing because Judge Bruce Strickland closed the hearing at Casey’s request.

Casey cited a provision in the state code that allows for closed hearings in certain preliminary hearings. Defense attorney Andy Cornick did not oppose the request.

According to police, the victim was walking to work early Nov. 12, 2000, when she was confronted at gunpoint by a man she didn’t know. The gunman then abducted and raped her in the Garrison Woods area of North Stafford.

Police were unable to come up with a suspect until last year, when 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 rape.

Anderson was in the Marine Corps and was stationed at Quantico at the time of the rape, police said. His DNA was entered into a federal database after he was arrested on felony charges in Illinois years after the Stafford rape.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404