DNA IDS CON AS MACY'S RAPIST
New York Post, June 30, 2002
A DNA match has identified the so-called Macy's rapist who sexually
assaulted and bashed a sales clerk in the chain's flagship Manhattan
store more than four years ago, The Post has learned.
The Manhattan district attorney's office is expected to file charges
tomorrow against a man who is serving time for another crime in an
upstate prison, law-enforcement sources said.
The suspect, whose name is being withheld pending the new criminal
charges, was forced to give a DNA sample to the state Division of
Criminal Justice Services upon his last conviction, sources said.
Under a state law passed in December 1999, a person found guilty of
any crimes on a list of 87 violent or drug-related offenses must
give a DNA sample to the state.
The suspect's DNA was checked against a DNA database containing
samples gleaned from hair, skin, blood and saliva routinely
collected at crime scenes.
It matched blood found at the scene of the Jan. 16, 1998, rape of a
49-year-old Macy's clerk.
The clerk, a mother of two, had stabbed the rapist in the face with
her identification pin as she was raped in a seventh-floor storage
The alleged rapist - described at the time as a black male, 25 to 35
years old, of medium build with scars or birthmarks under his eyes -
has been a suspect in numerous other sexual assaults, sources said.
He could now face renewed questioning as part of those
Lawyer Madeline Bryer, who won an out-of-court settlement for the
victim, called her client "a hero" for being able to stab her
attacker and extract the DNA evidence that has finally helped cops
track him down.
But she added the attack should never have happened in a premises
supposedly monitored by security cameras.
The state's growing DNA database has helped cops close at least 32
previously unsolved crimes, according to a January 2002 report by
the Criminal Justice Services' research department on the state's
first 100 DNA matches since the law was introduced.
Police previously had no suspects in one third of the cases in which
DNA matches were made between February 2000, when the first match
was made, and July 2001, the report stated.
"We are just beginning to see what a remarkably valuable tool DNA is
for solving previously unsolved crimes," said Chauncey Parker,
commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.
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