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DNA Leads to Man's Arrest in California in 1998 Florida Rape

The sheriff's office started a project in 2015 to review a backlog of 1,500 rape evidence kits

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    DNA Leads to Man's Arrest in California in 1998 Florida Rape
    San Francisco Police Department Tenderloin
    On Jan. 2, SFPD Tenderloin officers arrested wanted fugitive Lenny Friou at the UN Plaza.

    Authorities say DNA linked to a Florida rape more than 20 years ago has led to a man being arrested and extradited from San Francisco.

    The Palm Beach Post cites a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report as saying Lenny Ray Friou has been arrested in the 1998 rape of an 18-year-old woman in West Palm Beach. He was jailed without bail in the county Wednesday on a charge of sexual assault with a weapon or force.

    The sheriff's office started a project in 2015 to review a backlog of 1,500 rape evidence kits.

    The now-39-year-old victim told the sheriff's office last year that she wanted to pursue the case. It was re-opened in March, and DNA connected Friou to the assault.

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    It is unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment.