Officers arrest man linked to 25-year-old rape case, court documents say

Updated: May. 17, 2020 at 2:53 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Police arrested a man Friday they believe is linked to a 25-year-old rape case.

The initial 2008 indictment filing says Stoney Brown, who is now 62 years old, is facing 11 counts of rape, four counts of kidnapping, and four counts of aggravated burglary against a victim prosecutors call ‘John Doe number one.’

Four different victims were mentioned in the court documents.d

According to the filing, Brown is facing at least two charges of rape and one charge of kidnapping pertaining to each victim.

Documents say each John Doe number one has matching DNA to the evidence detectives gathered at the scenes of the crimes, which occurred in August 1995, October 1995, June 1996 and July 1996.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says the crimes occurred in the Clifton area when Brown was in his late thirties.

Deters says back in the ’90′s police didn’t know Brown’s name but had his DNA sequence and used that to identify him as a John Doe. That kept the case from expiring through the statute of limitations.

“I mean there were other people in the residence when he was doing this," Deters said. "He would just go in, put a knife to their throats and tell them that he was going to kill them if they made a noise, and he would then sexually assault them.”

Deters says there are at least four victims, three of whom were UC students when the assaults happened.

He says Brown wore a mask and gloves when he went into their homes.

“One of the women who was raped had a two-year-old baby laying next to her," Deters said. "I mean this guys a pig, and I’m glad police did their job.”

Deters explains the use of ancestry websites to find possible genetic code matches is a “game-changer” for police investigations.

He also says there may be other victim’s out there.

Brown is held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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