Man with ‘violent’ history in Cuyahoga County arrested in cold case rape

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TULSA, Ok. — Columbus police say cold-case investigators have used DNA evidence to link a rape case nearly two decades old to a man recently arrested in Oklahoma.

Police say Joseph Carter, 45, has a “lengthy” and “violent” criminal history in Columbus and Cuyahoga County.

Columbus police say DNA evidence recovered after an 18-year-old woman was raped in a park in 1997 was linked to a suspect last September.

An initial statement from police didn’t specify how that link was made. Police say new warrants were filed for Carter for rape and kidnapping and he was arrested last week in Tulsa.

Columbus police said Thursday that Carter has since been extradited to Ohio and remains in custody, where he can’t be reached for comment. It’s unclear whether Carter has an attorney.

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