More than two decades after a college student was raped at gunpoint in Lyon Village, Arlington police have made an arrest.
Authorities announced Friday that they had closed a 21-year-old cold case following the arrest of Stevie Brinson, 50, of Alexandria, a day prior.
On Jan. 28, 1992, the college student, who was 25 years old at the time, opened her apartment door to a man who claimed to be a maintenance worker, according to a news release. The man came inside, pulled out a gun and demanded money. He then forced the woman into her bedroom, where he bound her hands and raped her at gunpoint, according to police.
The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away from the apartment in the 2000 block of North Adams Street.
In June of this year, investigators resubmitted evidence to a laboratory and got a DNA match, the news release states.
Arlington and Alexandria officers arrested Brinson on Thursday at his place of employment in Alexandria. Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck would not name the business.
"Right now, we can tie him to this specific case. I'm sure the detectives will inquire about other cases," Sternbeck said.
Brinson is being held without bond at the Arlington County jail. Sternbeck did not know whether the man has a criminal history. Investigators have not recovered the gun used in the alleged attack, he said.
“Cases like this are not forgotten by the Arlington County Police Department,” Deputy Chief of Police Daniel J. Murray said in a statement. “Our Cold Case Squad Detectives worked diligently in an effort to get justice for this victim and remove a dangerous individual from the streets.”
Sternbeck did not know the number of cold cases Arlington currently has or how often evidence is resubmitted for testing. He said the department always maintains contact with victims.
The victim in this case no longer lives in Virginia, Sternbeck said.