Newark Police Department(NEWARK, Del.) — Twenty-six years after a young woman was sexually assaulted in the middle of the night in Delaware, a man unknown to police at the time has been arrested after DNA evidence linked him to the scene.It was just after 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 4, 1993, when a 22-year-old woman walking near the University of Delaware in Newark was attacked and sexually assaulted, Newark police said at a Tuesday news conference.A composite sketch was released and witnesses were interviewed, but no suspects were identified, police said.The man taken into custody this month, Jeffrey King, hadn’t been named as a potential suspect at the time, police said.The case went cold for decades. It was reopened in November 2017.The sexual assault kit was sent to a private lab where male DNA was identified, police said. That DNA was entered into the law enforcement database CODIS, but there wasn’t a match.The DNA was then sent to the DNA company Parabon Nanolabs, where analysts compared the unknown crime scene sample to “samples in various databases, including a public genealogy website with DNA samples, to provide a list of possible suspects,” police said. On genealogy websites, many people upload DNA to connect with relatives and explore family histories.That list of possible suspects was then narrowed down, said police, and King was one name on that list provided by Parabon.In August detectives surveilled King and collected a discarded item, which was sent to a lab where it was determined that King’s DNA was consistent with that from the 1993 crime, police said.King, now 54, was 28 years old at the time of the assault, police said. The victim and suspect were strangers, Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings said.On Sept. 30, a grand jury indicted King for two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, which is what the charge was called in 1993. That charge has since been changed to rape, police added.King, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, turned himself into Newark police on Oct. 10 and has since posted bail, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. No attorney is listed for him. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
View Comments Stomp The off-Broadway production of Stomp has been approved by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing to leave the Orpheum Theatre—where it has resided for over 20 years—and transfer to an uptown venue. According to the New York Daily News, the production has faced ongoing maintenance problems with the East Village space’s owners.The production reportedly notified the Orpheum’s owners of their intent to move in early April. Some of the production’s issues arose following the devastating March 26 building collapse across the street from the theater. “The show decided we can’t function like this any more,” said Stomp lawyer Glenn Spiegel.Liberty Theatres said in a statement: “After a successful 21-year relationship with The Stomp Company, they informed us that they are seeking to breach their license agreement with Liberty Theatres on what can only be described as purely fabricated grounds. Our hope is that for the good of the production and all crew and cast members we are able to reach resolution swiftly so that Stomp can continue to entertain audiences in the theater it has called home since its very first show in 1994.”No new venue for the show, nor future plans for the Orpheum, have been announced at this time.In the off-Broadway mainstay, performers transform matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and more are into percussion instruments. The daily objects weave together a theatrical experience featuring dance, music and improvisation. The cast currently includes Jesse Armerding, Alan Asuncion, Marivaldo dos Santos, Dustin Elsea, Fritzlyn Hector, Brad Holland, Aaron Marcellus, Jason Mills, Manny Osoria, Krystal Renée, Indigo Smith and Carlos Thomas. Related Shows from $49.50
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