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DNA match on 20-year-old rape case

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The DNA of a 41-year-old man allegedly matches evidence found at the scene of a 20-year-old rape case in Lake Charles.

On November 15, 2017, authorities with the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 41-year-old Lorenoza Danela Carlos for aggravated rape, according to Deputy Chief Mark A. Kraus, spokesman for the Lake Charles Police Department. The rape occurred in 1997 in Lake Charles. In May 2017, the sex crimes unit with the Lake Charles Police Department pulled this cold case from files and reopened the investigation, stated the spokesman.  

On January 10, 1997, a woman returned to her residence about 1:00 a.m. Shortly after falling asleep an unknown man entered the residence through a window. While allegedly armed with a knife, the suspect bound the victim's hands then sexually assaulted her. 

In 1997, evidence was recovered from the crime scene and preserved, according to Kraus. In July 2017, testing of the evidence revealed a DNA match to Carlos. 

After a further investigation, an affidavit for arrest was presented to a 14th Judicial Judge on November 14 and a bond of $800,000 was set.  

On November 15, 2017, Carlos was served with the warrant in the Avoyelles Parish Jail where he is currently serving a 20-year sentence for a first-degree robbery he committed in 2004. 

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