HOUSTON – Charges have been filed against a suspect in a 2009 sexual assault, thanks to DNA evidence from a rape kit.
James Jorden, 26, is charged with aggravated sexual assault.
According to court documents, Jorden grabbed the victim as she was walking through the Gala Vista apartment complex in the 6900 block of South Loop East on July 5, 2009.
The victim had gone to the apartment to visit a friend that day.
She told investigators that Jorden pushed her into a vacant apartment, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground.
She said he punched her in the head several times and demanded that she remove her clothes.
Fearing for her life, she complied with his demands, and he sexually assaulted her, the victim told investigators.
After the assault, she said Jorden demanded all her money. The victim told police she grabbed $190 from her pockets and threw it at her attacker. While he was picking up the cash, she ran out the door.
The victim drove herself to Ben Taub, where a rape kit exam was performed.
The victim did not know who Jorden was.
Then, on January 10, 2012, police were notified about a CODIS hit on DNA collected from the rape kit.
The DNA matched that of Jorden, police said.
Investigators created a photo lineup with five other men and a prior mug shot of Jorden’s, and the victim identified him as her attacker.
Charges were filed on February 15, 2012.
As of Friday afternoon, Jorden was still on the loose. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call police.