- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Twenty years after a woman was raped while walking home from a Manhattan movie theater, prosecutors say a DNA database has pinpointed her attacker.

Joseph Giardala was being held without bail after his arraignment Friday. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a call for comment after court.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office says the 25-year-old woman was robbed and raped at knifepoint in the West Village on Jan. 23, 1995.

Authorities developed a DNA profile of her attacker and entered it into an FBI database in 2001. Prosecutors say no one matched the profile until Giardala’s information was entered earlier this year, due to an unrelated Florida case. He’s 44.

Vance recently pledged as much as $35 million for DNA testing of evidence in rape cases around the country.



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