Riverside County

DNA Evidence Helps Solve Decades-Old Sexual Assault Case from 1995

The case dates back to October 1995, when an 18-year-old victim was grabbed by a stranger while walking in the 8800 block of Indiana Avenue, said Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback.

Rich Pedroncelli/AP File image: El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson displays a generic genetic DNA ribbon as he discusses how new DNA evidence was used to help exonerate a man who spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing his housemate, during a news conference in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

DNA evidence helped authorities identify and arrest an Eastvale man suspected of raping a young woman more than two decades ago, police announced Friday.

The case dates back to October 1995, when an 18-year-old victim was grabbed by a stranger while walking in the 8800 block of Indiana Avenue, said Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback.

The attacker forced the victim into a nearby apartment complex, where he sexually assaulted her, Railsback said.

The case remained cold until DNA evidence linked 49-year-old Ralph Leslie Kroll to the crime, he said.

Police, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, located and arrested Kroll at his Snowdrop Street home in Eastvale on Oct. 8.

He remains jailed at the Robert Presley Detention Center in lieu of $1 million bail, pending arraignment on Dec. 1 on charges of rape by force, kidnapping and the use of a deadly weapon by a sex offender, according to Railsback and court and jail records.

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