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Police find DNA match for Burlington rape suspect

Posted May 21, 2011

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— Burlington police said they've arrested a suspect whose DNA matches that left behind by a man who broke into a woman's home and raped her last October.

Xavier Sheriff Slade, 35, of 1012 S. Main St., faces charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering and filing a false police report.

A woman told police that a man broke into her home early Oct. 14, 2010, and tried to assault her. Police said she stabbed him in the stomach with a small pocket knife, but he managed to take away the knife, force her further into the home and rape her. He took her cell phone and knife when he left.

Slade came to Alamance Regional Medical Center later the same day to be treated for a stab wound to his stomach, police said. He told police that a man attacked him on a street earlier that day.

Police got a DNA sample from Slade and sent it to the State Bureau of Investigation to be compared with DNA collected from the sexual assault victim. Police said the SBI notified them Monday that the DNA samples matched.

Slade was placed in the Alamance County jail under a $700,000 secured bond.

He has 27 convictions dating to 1995 and has served seven jail sentences totaling four years, according to state Department of Correction records.

His convictions include assault on a child and a female, arson, burglary and numerous counts of dealing drugs, records show.


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  • gingerlynn May 27, 2011

    27 convictions = 4 years??

  • faeriegurl65 May 23, 2011

    It took SEVEN MONTHS for the SBI to compare the DNA sample of this piece of dirt? SEVEN MONTHS!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!! The whole time this guy is walking around in society with the rest of us and this poor girl!! There is clearly a quicker process of discovering DNA. How long did it take the government to test Osama Bin Laden's DNA and come out to the whole world that it was him no questions asked the DNA matches, etc etc... yeah not even a whole day... But for some reason in NC we can't get it together? We have to do better than this in order to protect people from monsters like this guy and his 27 previous convictions... This is unacceptable people!