Nearly 10 years had passed since a college student was raped on the
Upper West Side of Manhattan, and with no known suspect in the 1993
case, the police were not close to an arrest. But what they did have
was nearly as critical: the rapist’s DNA profile.
Prosecutors in Manhattan — aware that the legal clock for bringing a
case was running out — devised the novel strategy of indicting the
rapist’s DNA. Four years later, the sample was connected to a man,
Victor Rondon; he was eventually convicted and sentenced to 44 to 107
years in prison.
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