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Police arrest suspect in 23-year-old Charlotte rape case

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A sexual assault evidence kit contains forensic evidence gathered from a victim's body during an intrusive, hours-long examination. Testing kits can find DNA evidence used to identify rapists, boost prosecutions or exonerate the falsely accused.
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A sexual assault evidence kit contains forensic evidence gathered from a victim's body during an intrusive, hours-long examination. Testing kits can find DNA evidence used to identify rapists, boost prosecutions or exonerate the falsely accused.

Police on Wednesday arrested a suspect in a 23-year-old Charlotte rape case.

After retesting the sexual assault kit in the case, police said DNA evidence linked 43-year-old Nathaney Davis to the 1995 rape of a 23-year-old woman. The victim was walking on Nations Ford Road when she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department news release Wednesday.

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43-year-old Nathaney Davis was arrested and charged on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in connection with the 1995 rape of a woman who was walking on Nations Ford Road when she was assaulted. Mecklenburg County jail

The sexual assault kit was initially tested in 1995, according to the CMPD release. More testing was completed last year as part of a federal grant CMPD received, and that’s when “DNA evidence confirmed Davis as the suspect,” police said in the release.

DNA testing was unavailable as part of sexual assault kit tests in 1995, CMPD Officer Cindy Wallace told the Observer Wednesday night.

According to Wednesday’s CMPD news release, two males robbed the victim of money and jewelry before one of the assailants, armed with a gun, sexually assaulted her.

The assailants then ran away, police said. The victim got to a phone and called police. She was treated at Carolinas Medical Center, and a sexual assault kit was completed, according to the news release.

Davis was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree kidnapping and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, Mecklenburg County jail records show. He was jailed on $200,000 bail.

Davis has been convicted of numerous criminal offenses in Mecklenburg County over three decades, court records show.

He was found guilty of domestic-related misdemeanor assault on a female in 2010, felony hit and run in 2006 and 2008 and felony breaking, entering and larceny in 2008, according to records. He has misdemeanor charges of assault and communicating threats pending from an incident on Dec. 15, 2018.

Davis was convicted of misdemeanor assault on a government officer in 2006 and misdemeanor resisting a public officer in 1996 and 2004, court records show.

Staff Writer Anna Douglas contributed.

Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.
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