Crime

DNA matched to teen, 18, in rape of 51-year-old Valley, Ala., woman

A Valley, Ala., teen is charged with first-degree rape of a 51-year-old woman after DNA evidence was matched to the suspect, authorities said.

Dijon Devontae King, 18, was arrested Saturday at a home in the 1700 block of 55th Street and held without bond in the Chambers County Detention Facility. He also is charged with one count each of burglary first degree and sodomy first degree.

The woman was assaulted March 22 on 56th Street. The arrest of King came just days after police received a report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences identifying him as a DNA match to evidence seized from the victim.

“Actually, he was developed early as a suspect right after that case happened,” Police Maj. Mike Reynolds said Tuesday. “He consented to giving DNA.”

Police are still seeking a suspect in the May 11 sexual assault of a 91-year-old woman on 55th Street. Testing results are still pending in that investigation.“We are still waiting on analysis on the 91-year old,” Reynolds said.

Before his arrest Saturday, King was charged two months ago in a case in which two women were approached and King is accused of trying to kidnap one. “He struck one with a pistol,” Reynolds said. “He was arrested for that.”

In a release, Police Chief Tommy Weldon recognized the efforts of Valley police officers for their work in both investigations. He also thanked the residents for their patience during the very difficult investigations.

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