DNA match helps officials charge rape suspect

February 17, 2012 12:02:03 PM PST
Authorities think they've nabbed a rapist from a two and a half year old crime, thanks to DNA testing.

James West Jorden, 26, is accused of pulling a woman into a vacant apartment and raping her in July 2009.

The victim told police she was visiting a friend at the Gala Vista apartments in the 6900 block of South Loop East when a man grabbed her and pushed her into the apartment. She said he grabbed her hair, forcing her to the ground, punched her repeatedly and violently raped her.

The woman says after the attack, the man demanded her money. In fear for her life, she threw $190 at him and he left.

The victim drove to Ben Taub Hospital where a rape test was performed and DNA evidence was collected.

On January 10, 2012, the Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab in Austin matched the DNA to Jorden. The victim tentatively identified Jorden in a police photo lineup.

Bail has been set at $30,000 in the case.