DNA match leads to arrest in unsolved Marion County rape
U.S. Army member Timothy Damon Epps told victim he was police, report shows
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A 26-year-old Army service member was arrested last week in connection with an unsolved 2009 rape in Marion County, officials with the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
Detectives said Timothy Damon Epps recently provided his DNA during a criminal investigation being conducted by the Army, and that DNA was added into a national DNA database. The Marion County Sheriff's Office received an alert that Epps's DNA matched samples taken from a 2009 rape case.
On June 30, 2009, a 67-year-old woman was bound and raped in northern Marion County after unidentified man knocked on her door and said he was a law enforcement officer, according to the report.
DNA was collected after the crime, but there were no matches in the national database, deputies said.
Detectives said that after they received notification that Epps's DNA matched that of the DNA collected in the 2009 sexually battery case, they learned that Epps lived less than two miles from the victim at the time of the crime. Epps also matched the description given by the victim of her rapist, detectives said.
Epps, who was stationed at the Fort Eustis Army Base, was arrested last week by authorities Newport News, Virginia, on a Marion County warrant. He was extradited to Marion County and in charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon, burglary with battery and impersonating a police officer.
Epps is being held in the jail on a $77,000 bail.
Detectives said they believe it is highly likely that Epps has committed similar crimes. He has lived in Florida, Missouri, Kentucky and Virginia. Anyone with information about other possible crimes is asked to call Marion County Det. Daniel Pinder at 352-368-3508.
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