New technology leads to arrest in 1987 rape, kidnapping case

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Deputies say they arrested a man Wednesday for a rape that was reported in 1987 after evidence from a 2000 case was reprocessed with advanced DNA technology.

Edward Earl Parker, 53, was charged with first-degree aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping for the 1987 incident that allegedly happened in the Sherwood Forest and Hoo Shoo Too Road areas.

The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab reprocessed evidence collected in a 2000 attempted kidnapping case and made a positive match to Parker to the 1987 rape case, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

Detectives first investigated the alleged rape on June 16, 1987. According to reports, a man knocked on the victims' window while she was at a stop light at the intersection of Sherwood Forest and Airline Highway and asked her for a ride.

Once she complied with his request, he pulled out a knife and told her to drive to an area off of Hoo Shoo Too Road where he allegedly raped her.

Deputies say a rape kit was collected and stored after the 1987 incident.

Another woman was attacked when getting into her vehicle after leaving a fitness center on Bluebonnet Boulevard on June 8, 2000.

The woman was able to fight off the attacker but he left his hat behind. The crime lab processed the evidence but technology at the time could not provide a positive DNA match, according to the sheriff's office.

In 2006 the Crime Lab informed detectives that there was a match to a suspect's profile from evidence obtained in the 1987 case. Detectives were unable to locate Parker to provide a swab specimen to confirm the match.

Deputies say the crime lab recently reprocessed the evidence collected from the 2000 case with more advanced technology.

The DNA collected from the 2000 case resulted in a positive match and also matched the DNA collected from the 1987 rape and kidnapping case.

Detectives located Parker at the Raymond Laborde Correctional Center in Cottonport, LA where he was serving a 22-year sentence for several robberies.

Authorities transported Parker from Cottonport to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of first-degree aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping.

Parker will face the charges from the 1987 case because the statute of limitations based on the criminal code from that time have not expired.

However, Parker will not face charges from the 2000 case because the charges in the have surpassed the statute of limitations.

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