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DNA links man to Fayetteville cold case sexual assault

Posted March 23

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— The Fayetteville Police Department Cold Case Assault Unit on Tuesday arrested a suspect in connection with a rape that occurred in 2007.

Jamale Lamar Johnson, 35, was arrested for first degree kidnapping and statutory rape that allegedly occurred on Dec. 16, 2007, in the area of Mateo Circle and Sapona Road.

Johnson was previously being held the Scotland Correctional Institute, serving a prison sentence for first degree burglary.

Authorities said Johnson arrived at the residence where the victim—who was 14-years-old at the time of the incident—spent the night with a friend.

During the initial investigation, Johnson was not positively identified and could not be located, resulting in the case being inactivated, officials said. Johnson was later identified as the primary suspect in the case after a follow-up investigation took place, linking Johnson with DNA evidence.

Johnson was transported to the Cumberland County Detention Center, where he was being held under a $300,000 secured bond.

No additional information was released.

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