DNA evidence in theft leads to arrest in unsolved rape, kidnapping
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport man arrested for theft is facing additional charges for a 2014 rape and kidnapping case.
According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, DNA samples belonging to 58-year-old Charles Edward Collins were collected during his arrest in June.
Detectives say the DNA matched another sample from a July 2014 case where a woman was reportedly kidnapped in Shreveport and raped.
According to investigators, the woman was returning from taking her trash to the dumpster at her apartment on Stoner Avenue.
Deputies say a man grabbed her and forced her into his truck at gunpoint.
She was reportedly driven to a gravel road near the 6100 block of Louisiana Highway 1 and raped.
After deputies were told about the match, detectives issued a warrant for Collins' arrest on second-degree kidnapping and aggravated rape charges.
Collins was arrested Monday at his home and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center.
His bond is set at $450,000.
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