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Posted at 1:55 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Arrest made in 2004 Md. rape case

By Washington Post editors

Howard County police announced Tuesday that an arrest has been made in a 2004 rape case thanks to information from a national DNA database.

Gary Sental Taylor, 30, of Norwalk, Conn., was arrested May 10 in Connecticut and faces charges of first- and second-degree rape. He was extradited to Maryland on June 9 and is being held at Howard County Detention Center on no bond.

On Aug. 6, 2004, Taylor allegedly raped a woman at knifepoint in a laundry room at Grande Point Apartments in the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road in Columbia.

Police collected DNA evidence from the victim’s clothing during the initial investigation and submitted it to the Maryland State Police crime lab to develop a DNA profile. The profile was compared to known offenders, but there was no DNA match at the time. With a limited suspect description and few leads, the case went cold.

Nearly six years later, on April 30, the Maryland State Police crime lab notified Howard County police that a DNA match had been identified in the case.

By Washington Post editors  | June 15, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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