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Posted on: March 29, 2012

[ARCHIVED] 2004 Rape case closed with guilty verdict

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7 year old DNA evidence confirms identity of suspect

DATE: April 12, 2011 TIME: 2:30 PM PAGE/S: 2
INCIDENT/ INFORMATION: Arrest Made in Rape Investigation - See original press release for initial information.

On March 4, 2011, the Maryland State Police Forensics Division notified Detective Levine of a CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) match. A DNA profile was found during a forensic examination of the victim at the time the rape was reported on November 1, 2004. This profile was entered into the national DNA database. A match was identified when Walker was convicted of an offense in Tennessee and submitted a DNA sample into the database.

Detective Levine was able to determine that at the time the crime was reported, Walker was living in the 100 block of Willowdale Drive in Frederick. A warrant was issued for Walker’s arrest on March 28. Detective Levine was able to determine Walker was in the Hagerstown area and was also wanted for a violation of probation in Tennessee. Det. Levine contacted Hagerstown PD in reference to this information and investigation. Walker turned himself into Hagerstown PD on April 11 at approximately 7:00 PM in reference to the violation of probation and was then charged by Det. Levine on the charges listed below.


ARRESTEE/S NAME DOB ADDRESS CHARGES
Walker, Najarred Theodore 11/11/1983 1. 1st degree rape
2. 2nd degree rape
3. 2nd degree assault
4. 3rd degree sex offense

******Update*******

On todays date the Frederick Police Department is proud to announce that a Frederick County Jury found Najarred Theodore Walker guilty of First Degree Rape, Second Degree Rape, Third Degree Sexual Offense and Second Degree Assault involving a crime that occured in November of 2004. Walker approached a 16 year old female victim from behind, put his hand over her mouth, and threatened to kill her if she did not comply. The case remained unsolved for nearly 7 years until a random DNA search of DNA submitted by the Frederick Police Department in 2004, identified Walker as the assailant. The Frederick Police Department would like to commend the employees of the Frederick County States Attorney's Office, Maryland State Police Crime Lab and especially Detective Levine. Captain Kevin Grubb stated "as technology evolves, the men and women of the Frederick Police Department will continue to agressively pursue suspects in past, present, and future crimes" It is a good day!

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