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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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