DNA Links Baltimore Man to 1997 Rape Case

Ronald White, 49, is arrested on evidence allegedly matching his DNA in another case.

Baltimore County police have charged a Baltimore man with rape based on DNA evidence from a 1997 crime.

Ronald White, 49, of the 2800 block of Forest Glen Road in northwest Baltimore, was arrested Oct. 1 and was indicted Nov. 5, according to a police statement.

The statement alleges that on Feb. 2, 1997, a Woodlawn woman came home to find White in her living room. She locked herself in her bedroom, but White allegedly kicked in the door, sexually assaulted her and left the room.

She escaped by jumping out of her second-story window, in the 1600 block of Bluffdale Road in Woodlawn, before seeking help from a neighbor.

This spring, technicians used current DNA processing techniques and matched the DNA profile from 1997 to his DNA sample from a 1993 Baltimore City case, the release states.

White is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Chillin November 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
As long as the police can use DNA responsibly in solving old crimes I don't have a problem with the collection of the DNA. I do go back and forth about when the appropriate time would be to collect it, though...After an arrest or after a conviction? Tough one to answer.
Roger November 19, 2012 at 09:58 PM
At birth.
Joyce Gantt November 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I believe that DNA should be collected upon arrest of anyone suspected of a violent crime such as rape, murder or attempted murder and cross checked with open cases immediately. On another story: back in the summer there was a body of a female found in the vicinity of Oella Ave and Frederick Rd. Haven't heard a thing about an investigation or an arrest. Anyone know what happened with this case?
Humble1 November 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I dont think this man is guilty at all.
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