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Suspect arrested in connection to 32-year-old rape cold case in North Carolina

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Oct. 20 2021, Published 5:09 p.m. ET

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More than 30 years after a victim was raped and her home ransacked, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, say they have arrested the suspect.

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Johnny Evans Jr., 56, has been charged for the 32-year-old burglary and rape case, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced.

Early on Aug. 27, 1989, a suspect broke into a residence near the 3600 block of Simmons Street in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to police. Once inside, the suspect sexually assaulted the then-19-year-old resident and ransacked the residence before leaving.

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The victim called 911 and was treated at the hospital where DNA evidence was collected.

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Evans Jr. was recently identified as a suspect through a DNA match, and warrants for first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree rape were issued for his arrest, according to police.

On Oct. 18, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team located and arrested Evans without incident.

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Following his interview with detectives, Evans was transferred to custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and served with his three outstanding warrants.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 911, or leave the information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at )704) 334-1600 or visiting the website at


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