Apr 22, 2013 3:38 PM by Tonya LaCoste
A convicted rapist serving life in prison at Angola State Penitentiary has been connected two 1992 rapes in Lake Charles, according to Lake Charles Police Deputy Chief of Police Mark Kraus. On April 4, a grand jury indicted Darwin Hutchinson, 45, on two counts of aggravated rape. The rape investigation went cold after investigators exhausted all leads, and the case remained unsolved until last year when investigators re-submitted evidence to the Southwest Crime Laboratory "for examination and comparison of any viable DNA evidence," Kraus said. Investigators reopened the case after one of the victim's mother's contacted the department. DNA linked Hutchinson to the rapes, and after traveling to Angola to obtain a swab from the inside of Hutchinson's cheeks, the lab confirmed the DNA as his, Kraus said.
Police say Darwin, who's at Angola for an aggravated rape in 1999, is accused of raping the two women in Lake Charles after they left a local establishment to head to a friend's apartment. "They got into their car and began driving to the complex, when a black male subject popped up from the back seat. He was armed with a knife and he forced the driver to drive east of Lake Charles to a remote secluded area. He forced both women out of the car and raped them," Kraus said. Police say Hutchinson took their driver's licenses and told them if they told anyone, "he would pay them a visit and bring some of his friends." The women dropped Hutchinson off in the area of Ryan and Chavanne Streets then the women drove to a hospital and police were notified.