BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (January 28, 2016)- DNA helped crack a 1990 cold case, authorities say.
Investigators arrested 49-year-old Todd Richardson on five felony charges including attempted rape. Back in 1990, investigators say Richardson broke into a Lebanon woman’s home through a window.
“The perpetrator was stalking her and kind of learned her routines and broke into her house one night and waited for her after she had gone to bed and had fallen asleep and then he attacked her at knife point,” said Todd Meyer, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney.
Court papers reveal Richardson told the woman, “If you call the police, I’ll know it,” before attacking her and leaving her home. Richardson allegedly left behind his DNA.
“We weren’t able to do a lot with the case unfortunately, but we saved the evidence. State police did what they could to obtain a profile of the perpetrator but weren’t able to do that. The case just went cold like so many of them do, unfortunately,” said Meyer.
It wasn’t until a couple years ago when Richardson was arrested for stalking. He admitted to the crime and that meant by law he had to submit a DNA sample. Detectives say they received a call from the crime lab matching his DNA to the 1990 case.
“That’s what solved the case and the fact that lawmakers in Indiana and enacted the law that allows law enforcement to take a swab of a convicted felon so that we can enter it in the database to do exactly what we have been able to do here,” said Meyer.
The victim no longer lives in Indiana, but detectives have been able to get in contact with her to tell her about the arrest.
“She’s had to live with this and so now we can provide her with some closure,” said Meyer.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that Richardson could be connected to other unsolved crimes.