An East Washington man was arrested two decades ago on charges of raping a woman in Pullman after authorities say he was linked to crime by DNA.
Kenneth Downing, 47, was arrested Thursday at a construction site in Spokane. Bridgeman police say. Its DNA is similar to the evidence gathered at various crime sites.
Downing is accused of breaking into two houses and raping women in the early 2000’s, KREM-TV Reported. He has been charged with four counts of rape, three counts of assault and three counts of unlawful imprisonment with sexual orientation, among other charges.
Downing told a judge in Whiteman County Superior Court on Friday that he was married, had children and had lived in Elk, Washington for the past decade.
Downing’s bail was set at $ 5 million, with the prosecution arguing that he was still a threat to the public. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer to represent him.
Prosecutors say Downing broke into a house in Pullman in 2003 and threatened a woman at gunpoint. She was allegedly raped three times.
Then in 2004, police say he entered an apartment where two women were inside. According to court documents, Downing, who had a gun, tied up a roommate and raped another.
“Very serious, very dangerous, very violent crimes,” the prosecutor told the court Friday, according to KREM-TV.
For 18 years, the police kept the collected DNA evidence, but did not know it until they entered the genealogy database. According to court documents, he was linked to the case when a Downing relative sent a sample to find out more about his family tree.
According to Pullman Police Sergeant, the three women whose homes he allegedly broke into have been reported arrested in Downing. Aaron Breshers.
“I think it’s important that after 18 years, our victims here at Pullman can be a bit off now and this man still doesn’t have to worry about running away,” Breshers said. Interpreter Review.