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DNA match in 2003 Silver Spring rape case

It’s been more than nine years, but a DNA match with a Texas prisoner has led to an arrest in a Montgomery County rape case.

David Martinez (Courtesy of Montgomery County police)

The young woman had parked her car in the 700 block of Lowander Lane and was walking home when a man pushed her down, choked her, sexually assaulted her, then drove her in the back seat of a vehicle to Montgomery Knolls Elementary School, where he raped her and fled, Montgomery police said.

Montgomery authorities were told in July 2011 that a national DNA database linked Martinez to evidence from the rape scene, police said. Texas corrections officials said Martinez was serving a three-year sentence for “injury to child” before being transferred to Montgomery on June 14. A hearing is scheduled for July 13.

Electronic court records do not indicate if Martinez has retained an attorney.

Mike Laris came to Post by way of Los Angeles and Beijing. He’s written about the world’s greatest holstein bull, earth’s biggest pork producer, home builders, the homeless, steel workers and Italian tumors.


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