A break in 2002 rape case

DNA database-entry error helps Arundel police

man charged

December 19, 2006|By Anica Butler | Anica Butler,Sun Reporter

Anne Arundel County police got a break in an unsolved 2002 rape when DNA from a 1994 case, which had been resolved, mistakenly was entered into a crime database during an effort to solve some of the department's cold cases, a police spokeswoman said yesterday.

A Baltimore man has been arrested and charged in the rape in Severn after DNA evidence linked him to the crime, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Kelroy Williamson, 38, of the 800 block of Jeffrey St. in Baltimore is being held without bail and has been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree assault and several other crimes, according to court documents.

The assault occurred about 5 a.m. Sept. 21, 2002, when a woman was walking from her home in Pioneer City to work at a McDonald's in Severn. The woman was pulled into a wooded area, beaten, choked and raped, according to police. She was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and DNA evidence was recovered. Police entered that DNA evidence into the FBI's Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS.

About two weeks ago, a batch of DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases was sent to be entered into CODIS.

When DNA from the solved 1994 case was mistakenly entered into the system, it matched the DNA from the 2002 case, said Cpl. Sara Schriver, an Anne Arundel police spokeswoman. Police realized that Williamson had been charged in the 1994 case and checked computer records on him. When they learned Williamson had an outstanding warrant for a failure to appear on a recent charge, police arrested him Dec. 11 and took a DNA sample.

He was charged in the 2002 case Dec. 14.

Williamson was indicted in 1994 and pleaded not guilty to second-degree rape and assault charges. He later pleaded guilty to battery in that case, according to a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County state's attorney, who did not know how much time he served in prison or when he was released.

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