Man charged in 2015 Bal­ti­more County rape

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A 36-year-old man has been charged in con­nec­tion with a home in­va­sion and rape af­ter DNA al­legedly linked him to the 2015 at­tack, Bal­ti­more County po­lice said. Alphonso De­wayne Owens is being held with­out bail in Bal­ti­more, where he had been in cus­tody on un­re­lated charges, said county po­lice spokesman Cpl. John Wachter. The assault hap­pened March 26, 2015, in the 4000 block of Colch­ester Road in south­west Bal­ti­more County, po­lice said. A wo­man leav­ing her apart­ment saw a man as she opened her door, po­lice said. She shut the door and locked it with the dead­bolt, but the man forced the door open, en­tered the apart­ment and sex­u­ally as­saulted her, po­lice said. DNA col­lected from the in­ci­dent was en­tered into the Com­bined DNA In­dex Sys­tem — a law en­force­ment data­base — and pre­sented a match to Owens, po­lice said. Wachter said he did not know the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the col­lec­tion of Owens’ DNA. Owens is charged with first-de­gree rape and home in­va­sion in con­nec­tion with the case. An at­tor­ney for him could not be reached for com­ment.

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