- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say DNA evidence has led to the arrest of an imprisoned felon for a 2011 rape and beating in Boston that left a 28-year-old woman with a traumatic brain injury.

The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office says 26-year-old former East Boston resident Thomas Cradock was charged Thursday with aggravated rape, armed assault with intent to murder and other crimes during a Superior Court arraignment.

Authorities say the victim was found badly beaten and nearly naked in a vacant lot in East Boston on Sept. 21, 2011.

Prosecutors say a DNA sample Cradock was forced to give after a conviction for a 2012 nonfatal stabbing in Marshfield matched DNA found on the rape victim. Cradock is currently serving prison time for the stabbing.

Cradock’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a message Thursday.

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