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DNA evidence leads to arrest in more than 30-year-old rape case in St. Pete

DNA evidence led investigators to an arrest in a St. Pete rape case from 1986.On Dec. 12, 1986, at about 1:30 ...

Posted: Jun 17, 2018 10:05 AM
Updated: Jun 17, 2018 10:05 AM

DNA evidence led investigators to an arrest in a St. Pete rape case from 1986.

On Dec. 12, 1986, at about 1:30 a.m., a 39-year-old woman was home alone when a man broke into her house, implied he had a gun, and raped her.

DNA evidence was collected at the time and stored, but the case went cold. Detectives renewed their efforts in 2006 but still were unsuccessful.

The case was examined again over the last few months, and this time investigators found a DNA match with Anthony Stokes, who was 25 years old at the time of the crime.

"We've worked with FDLE and our own Pinellas County lab over the years, because the advancements in DNA have been so significant. So, I think just hoping, and reevaluating several of our cold cases throughout the years. We go through and see which ones we think we can make progress," said Major Shannon Halstead, with the St. Pete Police Department. "Fortunately, the detectives recognized this was one we thought we could make a difference."

Investigators arrested him today, and say he showed no remorse. They say the victim is relieved.

"When we made contact with her today, she was incredibly grateful. Worried about the process going forward all these years later and worried about the suspect - having to confront the suspect," said Major Halstead.

He was arrested early Friday morning and charged with armed sexual battery.

Investigators also believe Stokes could be connected to a number of other cases that happened between 1986 and 1987.

"We know for a fact that there are some other cases related to this one. If there is someone out there who thought, it's been 32 years no one cares, it's not true. We would be grateful to put together some other puzzle pieces and move those cases to closure also," said Halstead.

If you have any additional information, please contact St. Pete Police at 727-893-7780.

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