View Full Version : DNA sample leads to arrest of negro in kidnapping, rape of girl in 2002

Captain Pancakes
08-26-2016, 03:46 PM

A Shreveport man is accused of kidnapping and raping a girl 14 years ago.

Authorities say his arrest is a result of a DNA sample obtained earlier this year.

Eugene Matthews Ware, 38, of the 2200 block of Morningside Drive in Shreveport, is being held in Caddo Correctional Center on 1 count each of first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping/forcible rape, first-offense driving while intoxicated, speeding and driver must be licensed. His bonds total $406,000.

His arrest stems from a DNA sample obtained in February and an assault reported in April 2002.

A girl told investigators she was walking to a store in Shreveport's Mooretown area when 2 males drove up and started talking with her. That's when she was pulled into their car and taken to a wooded area of Caddo Parish where she was sexually assaulted by one of the males, authorities say.

After the assault, the girl asked to be taken home. On the way, she jumped from the vehicle on Kennedy Road and sought help.

For years, the sheriff's office reports, there was no information to identify a suspect in the case.

But in February, authorities say, Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory matched a DNA sample provided when Ware was arrested on an unrelated drug charge.

Further investigation by Caddo sheriff’s Detective Mike King and North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory led to the sheriff's office obtaining a warrant Aug. 22 for Ware's arrest.

Shreveport police arrested him at noon Aug. 24 when they came in contact with him during an unrelated traffic incident and learned of the parish's outstanding warrants. He was booked into Caddo Correctional at 2:19 a.m. Aug. 25.

Investigators still are trying to identify a second suspect in the case.