Santa Fe man is accused in 1992 rape case

January 29, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has been arrested after newly recovered DNA evidence linked him to a 1992 rape case.

Santa Fe police say 51-year-old Gilbert Romero is being held on a [auth] $100,000 cash-only bond on suspicion of kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration.

In October 1992, a 16-year-old girl told Santa Fe Police that an unknown man had raped her at gunpoint.

The victim went to the hospital where DNA evidence was collected and stored in the evidence lab.

A suspect was never identified.

Last July, detectives were notified the 1992 sample was a match for Romero.

Police tracked him down in Santa Fe last month, obtained a current DNA sample and sent it to the state lab for comparison.

It returned as a match last week and Romero was arrested.

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