- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A sexual assault charge has been filed against a Racine man after DNA connected him to a case from nearly 13 years ago.

Angel Cartagena, 38, has been arrested and is charged with second-degree sexual assault, according to The Journal Times (https://bit.ly/1FbU7qK ).

In July 2002, a woman told Racine police she was walking home from a friend’s house at 4:30 a.m., when a man came up behind her, attempted to pass her and knocked her to the ground, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly hit her head against some concrete, disorienting her.

She tried to run, but Cartagena dragged her behind a house and sexually assaulted her, the complaint stated.

Afterward, the woman contacted police and had a sexual assault examination at a hospital but officers were unable to find a suspect, according to the complaint.

Ten years later, Cartagena was convicted of felony mistreatment of an animal and ordered to provide a DNA sample to the state. Months later, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab reported that the DNA from the 2002 sexual assault matched the profile of Cartagena, which is rarer than 1 in 7 trillion, according to the complaint.

He was charged in February but they were dropped because prosecutors and police were not able to locate the woman.

On Friday, Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete said the woman was cooperating with authorities and all witnesses have been located.

A message left for Cartagena’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned Saturday. Cartagena faces up to a $10,000 fine and up to 30 years imprisonment if convicted.

A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.


Information from: The Journal Times, https://www.journaltimes.com

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