A New Orleans man accused of raping a Tulane University student at gunpoint more than 40 years ago was arrested after a chance chat between law enforcement officials prompted authorities to revive the case.
Ronald Craig is facing charges of aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping for the violent crime, which unfolded on Sept. 21, 1975, NOLA.com reported. He was one of two masked men who sneaked into the victim’s uptown New Orleans apartment off the Tulane University campus that night.
A break in the long-dormant case came during a law enforcement conference in Florida, where a pair of assistant Orleans district attorneys connected with a prosecutor from Cuyahoga County in Ohio. He told them of an Ohio woman — a Tulane alumna — who survived an unsolved rape in New Orleans in the 1970s.
It was enough to get detective to dig up the decades-old case files and search for any evidence associated with the case.
The Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory examined both a bed sheet and underwear linked to the rape and found a match in Craig, who has “a long history of violent felonies and narcotics and parole violations,” the DA’s office said.
“Investigators obtained a search warrant to collect a new buccal swab from Craig last month, and on Sept. 16 the state crime lab confirmed his DNA profile as being consistent with a major contributor to a mixture found on the re-tested underwear,” according to a press release.
Suspect arrested more than 40 years after Tulane University student was raped at gunpoint
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