DNA used to charge man in connection with 9 Fayetteville cold case rapes

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – DNA was used to link a man to up to 12 rapes in Cumberland County dating back 10 years, Fayetteville police announced Tuesday. 

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said up to 12 sexual assaults terrorized the Cumberland County and Hope Mills area 10 years ago. 

“Seven cold cases are now very warm,” Stein said.

Detective Robert DeShields said Johnnie B. Green, Jr., 45, has been linked to those sexual assaults.

Green had an outstanding warrant for a 1995 robbery and Fayetteville police worked with the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office to redraw the warrants to arrest Green.

Green’s DNA was obtained after he was arrested for that robbery. 

He was being held on that robbery when he was linked to the sexual assaults, DeShields said. 

DeShields said the state crime lab returned DNA testing results in seven days. 

“This shows the power of persistence, the power of partnership and power of DNA,” Stein said. 

The assaults occurred between June 2009 to November 2010. 

According to police, two of the rapes occurred in the area of Ireland Drive/Village Drive, two in the area of Raeford Road/McPherson Church Road and one each in the area of Bragg Boulevard/Cain Road, Pamalee Drive/Blanton Road, Cliffdale Road/Glensford Road, Morganton Road/Bonanza Drive, and Rosehill Road/Shaw Mill Road.

Green is now charged with seven counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of felonious breaking and entering, 14 counts of second-degree rape, 21 counts of second-degree sex offense, five counts of first-degree kidnapping, and seven counts of common law robbery.

Green is charged in connection with nine sexual assaults in Fayetteville, two in Cumberland County and one in Hope Mills.

District Attorney Billy West said these are still just accusations and there is a long road ahead to bring justice to the victims. 

West said grant funding from the federal government helped lead to an arrest in these sexual assaults. 

DNA was also used to arrest the suspect police called the “Ramsey Street Rapist.”

In August 2018, Darold Bowden, 43, of Linden was arrested in connection with six rapes along the Ramsey Street corridor dating back to 2006. 

DNA belonging to Bowden was recovered at three of the crime scenes and was uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System – leading to his arrest. 

Police Chief Gina Hawkins said it has cleared the department’s backlog of sexual assault kits. 

However, Stein said more than 15,000 untested kits remain across North Carolina.

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