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Mug shot: Jerald Honeycutt

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (July 6, 2015) – Bloomington Police arrested Jerald Honeycutt, 34, of Bloomington, on charges of rape, burglary, intimidation, confinement and strangulation. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 73-year-old woman twice on the same day back in June.

Bloomington Police developed a suspect through the use of DNA analysis. A confirmation of that DNA match was completed over the weekend. Evidence collected at the crime scene was used in an effort to identify a possible suspect.

Honeycutt’s DNA was determined, by the state police lab, to be present inside the residence. A probable cause affidavit was completed and a search warrant for Honeycutt’s DNA was issued by the court.

Honeycutt’s submitted a DNA sample that was then tested against the DNA found at the scene. The lab indicated there was a match between the two samples.

Police say the man sexually assaulted the victim in the living room before assaulting her again in the bedroom area, at an apartment complex on the southeast side of Bloomington on June 14. The suspect may have entered the apartment at around 4:30 a.m.

The victim was able to press a medical alert button in the bedroom that emitted a series of tones that startled the suspect, who fled out a sliding door. There was no sign of forced entry. Police say the suspect might have entered through the same sliding door he used to flee. The victim said it might not have been locked completely.

Medical alert personnel notified Bloomington Police and within minutes, she was taken to the hospital.