North Carolina

An NC woman was raped at knifepoint in 1993, cops say. A suspect was just charged

A 71-year-old man is charged with raping a woman at knifepoint almost 26 years ago in North Carolina, media outlets report.

The woman reported to Winston-Salem police in November 1993 that a man with a knife approached her while she was walking down the street and forced her into another area where he sexually assaulted her, according to WXII.

The case became inactive in January 1994 after no leads were found, WGHP reported.

But now, almost 26 years later, police have found a suspect.

Winston-Salem police have been participating since 2017 in a state sexual assault kit testing initiative that allows “certain kits to be submitted for analysis at am accredited laboratory,” WFMY reported.

Evidence from the 1993 case was tested and, using new leads, police were able to obtain arrest warrants for John Alford, 71, on Tuesday, WXII reported.

Alford was being held at the North Carolina Department of Correction for “unrelated reasons” when warrants were obtained, and he was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping, WGHP reported.

He is now being held on a $1 million bond, WFMY reported.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.