Man arrested in Northside 'stranger rape' case

Man arrested in Northside 'stranger rape' case

NORTHSIDE, OH (FOX19) - A DNA match led to the arrest and indictment of a Mt. Healthy man accused in a February "stranger rape" case in Northside, the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office announced.

David Warren Huffman, 25, faces rape, kidnapping and felonious assault charges. The charges and arrest are based on the match and identification by the victim, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.

The adult female victim reported to Cincinnati Police that she was walking down the street early on Feb. 13 when a man allegedly grabbed her and dragged her behind a home on Bruce Avenue.

The victim did not know her attacker, which is rare, according to a statement by Deters. The DNA retrieved from the victim matched Huffman's DNA already in the statewide Combined DNA Index System ("CODIS").

"We rarely see stranger rape cases, typically the perpetrator is someone known to the victim, but fortunately in this case the police were able to solve the case quickly and get a dangerous person off of our streets," Deters said, in a release.

If convicted of all charges, Huffman faces the possibility of 30 years in prison.

"Congratulations to the Cincinnati Police Department for a job well done and for the technology that helps us to solve these cases quickly," Deters said.

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