DNA evidence ties Houston man to aggravated sexual assault

Jairo Hernandez, 30, is charged with aggravated sexual assault

September 23, 2013 10:44:02 AM PDT
A 30-year-old Houston man was behind bars Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at knifepoint 10 months ago. Police say they identified him with DNA evidence.

Jairo Hernandez is charged with aggravated sexual assault of an adult -- a first-degree felony.

According to court documents, the alleged assault happened November 24, 2012. The victim told police she was walking to her boyfriend's house and asked a stranger for a ride.

An affidavit states that she got into a car with the man and he soon pulled out a butcher knife, forcing her to take off her pants and then climbing on top of her. After the man assaulted the victim, she was able to run away and flag down a nearby officer, police said.

The woman was taken to an area hospital where a rape kit was done. In December, police said the rape kit was submitted for analysis.

Court documents state that DNA evidence tied Hernandez to the crime. He was in jail Monday without bond.

Hernandez is due in court October 24. If convicted, he could face life or up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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