A California male was charged with the sexual assault of 2 females over 22 years earlier, after police connected DNA from the criminal offense scenes to that of a sample just recently collected from a Baskin-Robbins ice cream spoon.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley revealed Monday that Gregory Paul Vien, 60, will deal with “multiple felony sexual attack charges” in connection with the two separate attacks, both from 1997
According to district attorneys, a lady strolling to a Bay Area Rapid Transit station after work on May 6 was attacked by an unknown man who “dragged her to a secluded area” prior to he sexually attacked her.
Several months later, on Sept. 7, a 2nd lady was sexually attacked while on a walk near Livermore High School.
Cops were able to recover DNA from both crime scenes that were “discovered to be a match to each other.” The samples were published to the national DNA database to no obtain.
Over 22 years later, investigators from the Livermore Police Department had the ability to get a lead utilizing a genetic genealogical search tool which led them to Vien.
Investigators began to surveil Vein in August after finding that he had actually resided in Livermore for several years, consisting of around the time the criminal activities were devoted.
According to a likely cause statement, authorities subsequently gathered “numerous products” that had actually been included the trash, including a “Baskin-Robbins spoon” that Vien used to consume ice cream.
On Aug. 28, the laboratory reversed a favorable match between Vien’s DNA and the sample taken from both criminal activity scenes.
” For over 20 years, the survivors of these sexual assaults have actually dealt with the consistent uncertainty that comes with not knowing when, if ever, their opponent will be recognized and brought to justice,” O’Malley stated in a press release.
” My workplace’s specialized cold case unit and sexual assault unit worked together with our law enforcement partners and will now make sure that Mr. Vien is held to represent the criminal activities he dedicated.”
Vien was arraigned on Nov. 7 and is due back in court on Wednesday.