'John Doe' Wanted For Rape In Alaska
Alaska's first "John Doe" DNA arrest warrant issued.
Original article posted Aug. 6, 2010
On August 9, 2000, at 12:42 a.m., an Anchorage Police Officer discovered a woman walking near the intersection of Mt. View Drive and Pine Streets; she appeared to be wearing only a long sleeve night shirt.
The woman told the officer she had just been kidnapped, bound and gagged, held at knife point, and sexually assaulted in an area near Ship Creek.
Following the attack, her assailant drove her toward Mt. View, threatening to kill or stab her if she tried to escape. The victim believed the man would try to get onto the highway so she decided to jump from the moving vehicle to risk further injury.
She sustained abrasions in her attempt to flee, but was able to get away from her attacker.
That night, officers found a rope and jacket in the area of McCarrey and Mt. View Drive that the victim said came from the vehicle the man was driving-a two-toned gray and blue Chevy S-10 Blazer.
That evidence was submitted to the State of Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory for DNA analysis. At that time, a genetic profile was obtained from the rope; however, the identity of the suspect remained unknown.
In May, 2010, during a review of cold cases that were coming close to the statute of limitations, an employee of the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, Toni Otten, notified the Anchorage District Attorney office and the Anchorage Police Department Special Victims Unit that the statute of limitation in this case would expire on August 9, 2010 unless charged prior to that date.
APD Special Victims Unit Detective Jean Dupuis was assigned the case; he requested additional DNA testing of the evidence. Lab personnel retested the evidence and were able to come up with an additional genetic profile matching that of the original.
An arrest warrant was obtained on August 6, 2010 for "John Doe" matching the genetic profile obtained from both pieces of evidence.
This is the first case in the state of Alaska where a profile was charged although the identity of the perpetrator is unknown. The profile has been entered into a DNA database; police await the day when its donor can be identified, arrested, and held accountable for this attack.