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The Bobster
07-27-2012, 07:21 AM

After 16 Years, Philadelphia Police Identify Accused Killer Of Teen
July 26, 2012 7:53 PM
By Walt Hunter


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - When Paulette Smith waved goodbye to her 17-year-old daughter, Anjeanette Maldonado, the morning of September 30,1996, she had no idea she would never see the daughter she loved alive again.

Two days later, Maldonado, attacked on her way to school, was found strangled in an abandoned home in the 1700 block of North Hope Street.

For 16 agonizing years, Smith, her son and daughter, and Anjeanette’s stepfather, Fred Soto, waited and hoped for answers in the search for her murderer.

Then, a few days ago, a detective from the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, called the family to tell them the accused killer was caught.

The suspect, 45-year-old Rafael Crespo, was identified through DNA. Detective Jack McDermott and members of the Special Investigations Squad, who had pursued the case from the start, had asked the police lab to reanalyze the DNA using methods not available in 1996.

The DNA identified Crespo, a transient who happened to be passing through Philadelphia, as the accused killer.

Crespo is already behind bars, serving 25 years for rape, in a Florida prison.
Detectives says he is due to be released in 2015 and had they not tracked him down, he might have walked away and never been caught.

Maldonado’s family, who commemorated each of her birthdays, now says with the arrest, she will have peace.

The family says they are grateful for the work of the Special Investigations Unit detectives. They add that Detective McDermott, who plans to retire in the near future, had promised he would make an arrest before he left.

McDermott, they say, kept his promise.

The Bobster
04-03-2013, 06:08 AM

DNA Evidence Helps Solve 1996 Cold Case Murder In Philadelphia
April 2, 2013 7:08 PM


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police are crediting DNA evidence with identifying the suspect allegedly responsible for a 1996 cold case.

The announcement came just hours after a man confessed to a 1990 murder in New Jersey that had also remained unsolved.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996 around 2:45 a.m., police responded to the 1700 block of Hope Street, where they found the body of Anjeanette Maldonado.

During the investigation, Philadelphia police were able to match DNA obtained during the murder investigation to that of the DNA profile of a convicted felon from Florida.

On Monday, April 1, 2013, 46-year-old Rafael Crespo was officially charged with Rape, Murder, Sexual Assault and related offenses for the murder of Maldonado.

Crespo is currently in jail in Bowling Green, Florida

The Bobster
06-19-2013, 07:45 AM

Trial Ordered for Fla. Man In Philadelphia Teen Murder Cold Case
June 18, 2013 2:21 PM
By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a crime that had remained unsolved for nearly 17 years.

But with a DNA hit and some other evidence, a 41-year-old Florida man was today ordered held for trial for the rape and murder of a Philadelphia teen.

Seventeen-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado was murdered on her way to school in September of 1996, and the crime remained unsolved until a DNA hit last year.

Former Philadelphia homicide detective Jack McDermott, now working for the state, has testified that defendant Rafael Crespo, serving time for another sexual assault on a minor in Florida, admitted having sex with and strangling Maldonado after being confronted with the DNA evidence. But he says it was all consensual.

“His statement is basically trying to mislead police,” says Philadelphia prosecutor Carlos Vega, “although he admits to having sex and his DNA is there. But what is telling is that he says, ‘I wish I was wearing a condom because I wouldn’t be here now.’ ”

Maldonado’s body was found two days later, inside an abandoned property.

The Bobster
01-15-2016, 09:22 AM

Rapist Gets Life for Teen Girl's 1996 Murder
Published 2 hours ago

A man has been sentenced to life in prison nearly two decades after the rape and murder of a Philadelphia teenager.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Rafael Crespo received a life-sentence without the possibility of parole Thursday in Philadelphia. The 49-year-old man also received 15 to 30 years for sexual-assault charges.

Crespo was charged in the strangulation murder of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado, whose nude body was found in a vacant city house on the 1700 block of N Hope Street in October 1996.

DNA evidence connected Crespo to the crimes in 2012. He then confessed to accosting her.

Crespo's attorney has argued that his client left Maldonado alive. Crespo waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty.

The defense told the judge that Crespo plans to appeal.