Another cold case rape suspect arrested

Another cold case rape suspect arrested

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe man has been arrested after DNA evidence recently linked him to a 1992 rape case.

Gilbert Romero, 51, is being held on suspicion of kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration charges.

In October 1992, a 16-year-old girl was raped at gunpoint in Santa Fe. The victim went to the hospital where DNA evidence was collected and stored in the evidence lab. A suspect was never identified.

But in July, detectives in the cold case unit resubmitted the DNA to the national database and got a match to 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.

Santa Fe police are trying to solve other cold cases in the same way.

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