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FIRST ON 3: Suspect in violent 10-year-old rape case arrested using DNA evidence

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New DNA results have led police to the suspect in the violent rape of a Chattanooga woman more than ten years after the crime.

Orlando Jerrell Evans, 26, was arrested this week and charged with aggravated rape and especially aggravate kidnapping for a crime that occurred in 2006.

He would’ve been 16 years old at the time of the crime.

In November 2006, Chattanooga police responded to a home invasion on Zinnia Street where the resident said that three suspects entered his home with faces covered, armed with guns and demanding money.

Police said the suspects took the man’s female neighbor to another part of the house where they assaulted her and raped her.

According to the arrest affidavit, the unidentified suspect in 2006 held a gun to them and said, “I’ll kill both of you, this is what the f--k I do.”

The results from the woman’s rape kit were entered into a system called CODIS, which stores forensic DNA evidence from violent crime investigations.

In 2013, detectives learned of a match in CODIS that potentially linked Evans to the rape. They got a search warrant and obtained a DNA Sample from Evans in December 2013. Law enforcement recently received an official serology/DNA report from the TBI crime lab that confirms the DNA of Evans was recovered from the woman’s rape kit.

Police found probable cause to arrest Evans and charge him a list of charges including especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated burglary and aggravated rape.

Channel 3 received a timeline of events from the TBI on when it received the rape kit, and when Evans' DNA was tested.

The victim's rape kit was sent to TBI on January 11th 2007 and a DNA profile for the rape suspect was completed five months later on June 18th. At that point, there were no matches to the DNA profile in the system and no suspects in the case.

In September of 2013 TBI notified CPD of a possible DNA match that showed up in their system. The DNA named Orlando Evans as a suspect.

To be sure, CPD obtained a warrant to get another DNA sample from Evans and in April of 2014 TBI confirmed it was the same DNA that was found in the rape kit.

Aggravated rape is a Class A felony, which allows police to charge a suspect up to 15 years after the crime is committed. That charge alone can carry a fine of up to $50,000 and at least 15 years in prison.

He’s being held in jail on a $750,000 bond and is due in court Monday.

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