SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe Police say DNA has helped them catch a man accused of raping a 71-year woman in her own home.
28-year old Jesus Reynoso Jr. is now facing charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and aggravated burglary. News 13 was there as Santa Fe Police hauled Reynoso Jr. off to jail Tuesday, however, the accused criminal denied doing anything wrong.
Santa Fe Police say on April 15, Reynoso Jr. repeatedly knocked on the door of an elderly woman’s home near Agua Fria and Calle Carmelita. Police say when she answered, Reynoso Jr. pushed his way into the home and raped the woman.
Police had been looking for an unidentified suspect for the last few weeks, but say they had no solid leads until DNA evidence came back from the state crime lab.
Initially, Reynoso Jr. held a smirk on his face while refusing to answer reporters questions Tuesday. When News 13 asked,” did you do it?” Reynoso Jr. replied, “No, sir.”
Santa Fe Police say DNA evidence proves otherwise though.
“This individual had committed felonies prior and his DNA was on file. With the DNA collected at the scene, we got a positive match,” said Captain Marvin Paulk of the Santa Fe Police Department.
Court records show Reynoso Jr. has been in and out of jail for the last decade. His DNA on file with the state likely came from a 2012 arrest for criminal sexual contact and kidnapping. Those charges were dropped though.
This time, police believe they have a solid case with the DNA evidence and what police says is a sketch matching Reynoso Jr.
“We had an elderly lady home alone this individual knocked on the door repeatedly and eventually she opened the door, and he forced his way in,” said Cpt. Paulk.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim thought it was her granddaughter at the door of her home when she was then overtaken and assaulted by Reynoso Jr.
Police say Reynoso Jr. did not know the victim and may have chosen her home at random. Officers arrested him at his home in Glorieta on Tuesday morning.
Without DNA evidence, SFPD says Reynoso Jr. could still be out there.
“It’s really credit to DNA evidence at this time, yes,” said Cpt. Paulk.
News 13 also asked Santa Fe Police if they suspect Reynoso Jr. is behind any other rapes. The department says at this point, they don’t believe he is. Reynoso Jr. also didn’t have any outstanding warrants related to other crimes.
Reynoso Jr. has been in and out of jail since he was a teen with convictions for battery on a peace officer, DWI and domestic violence.