Bronx Man Is Linked to Two Rapes a Decade Apart

The authorities have linked a 39-year-old Bronx man who they believe raped a woman in the Bronx in November with another rape in the Bronx in 2000.

Detectives arrested the man, Terry King, in front of his home on Friday night, and prosecutors were expected to charge him in connection with both crimes, the authorities said.

“He’s going to be charged with first-degree rape, two counts, one for each incident,” said Steven Reed, a spokesman for the Bronx district attorney, Robert T. Johnson.

The 2000 attack would not be subject to a 10-year statute of limitations that prevailed because it included cases that had not reached the 10-year limit by the time the statute was lifted in 2006, Mr. Reed said.

“When they eliminated it, it went back 10 years,” he said, “And all of those cases that fell within that window, in which the statute had not run its course, those were all covered.”

The details of the two Bronx attacks were similar, though they took place a decade apart. And in each case, investigators were able to recover DNA evidence.

The two attacks occurred within miles of each other, and each time, the police said, the attacker waved a gun, grabbed a 21-year-old woman in the early morning, pulled her to a secluded area and raped her.

In the Nov. 4 attack, a man confronted the victim at 2:15 a.m. outside a public-housing complex along Soundview Avenue, in the southeastern Bronx, and pulled her into a white Nissan Pathfinder, the police said. She was then taken behind a Key Food supermarket, where the attack took place inside the car, said a law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

The woman was treated at Jacobi Medical Center. A DNA sample was linked to a DNA profile from the earlier attack, which occurred on Aug. 16, 2000, the police said. In that case, an armed man approached the victim along Webster Avenue, in an adjoining precinct, and pulled her into a vacant lot before attacking her and fleeing, the police said.

The break in the cases came when detectives retrieved a fingerprint from the November attack that matched a print on file from Mr. King, officials said. Mr. King has been arrested at least nine times between 1996 and this year, officials said, including once on charges of sex abuse.

On Friday about 6 p.m., detectives from the Bronx Special Victims Unit found him outside his last-known address, 679 Dawson Street, in the Bronx.

“We were in front of his house, waiting for him to come home, and he came home,” the official said. “He made statements incriminating himself in both incidents.”

Mr. Reed said a court arraignment would not be held before Saturday night.

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