A man suspected of raping and kidnapping an Anniston woman four years ago was in the Calhoun County Jail Monday evening, arrested under suspicion of those crimes and other felonies.
Investigators said the 35-year-old Greensboro native was arrested by Anniston police in Birmingham around 8:40 p.m. Saturday.
Anniston warrant officers traveled to the Jefferson County Jail, where U.S. marshals were holding the suspect for outstanding warrants in Anniston on first-degree rape, sodomy, robbery and kidnapping charges.
Anniston police investigator Capt. Richard Smith said the marshals had picked up the suspect in connection with other crimes but didn’t know what those crimes were. Still, when marshals ran the suspect’s name, it was flagged, because of DNA evidence that tied him to the Anniston rape four years ago.
Anniston police obtained warrants on the suspect years ago, when his DNA was found on the victim, Smith said.
The man is suspected of raping a 26-year-old Anniston woman the night of April 29, 2006, when she arrived at her friend’s house on Edgewood Drive. But a strange man, not the woman’s friend, answered the door.
Smith gave this narrative of events that night, read from a police report taken shortly afterward:
The suspect surprised the woman at the door of the Edgewood Drive home, holding a knife.
He forced her inside the home, where they were alone. The suspect proceeded to rape and sodomize her, Smith said. The suspect also forced the victim to smoke crack cocaine, the police report read.
Afterward, the suspect made the woman drive him to Birmingham in her car. When they arrived in the city, the suspect had the woman pull over on a random street, and he simply walked away from the car, Smith said.
The victim drove back to Regional Medical Center that night, where she received medical attention and alerted police of what had happened.
After DNA results came back that revealed the suspect’s identity, investigators teamed up with the Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit, which spends much of its time searching for suspects in sex crimes.
That investigation helped lead to the discovery of the suspect’s whereabouts Saturday evening, Smith said.
The suspect was transferred to the Calhoun County Jail during the day Monday. A jail official said he was being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.
The Star does not identify suspects in sex crimes investigations unless a conviction is made.
A court date has been set for Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m.