Baltimore County police have charged a Baltimore man with rape based on DNA evidence from a 1997 crime.
Ronald White, 49, of the 2800 block of Forest Glen Road in northwest Baltimore, was arrested Oct. 1 and was indicted Nov. 5, according to a police statement.
The statement alleges that on Feb. 2, 1997, a Woodlawn woman came home to find White in her living room. She locked herself in her bedroom, but White allegedly kicked in the door, sexually assaulted her and left the room.
She escaped by jumping out of her second-story window, in the 1600 block of Bluffdale Road in Woodlawn, before seeking help from a neighbor.
This spring, technicians used current DNA processing techniques and matched the DNA profile from 1997 to his DNA sample from a 1993 Baltimore City case, the release states.
White is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.