DNA helps solve sexual assault from 1996

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A crime that’s been a nightmare for a woman for almost 20 years has now been solved.

Investigators say Paul Oxendine pleaded guilty to the rape of a Bladenboro woman that happened in 1996. Oxendine went to the woman’s house early one March morning and asked to use her phone. When she refused, Oxendine forced his way into the home, assaulted her and then ran away. The investigation then went cold until 2012 when he was convicted in Robeson County in another crime. With that felony, he was ordered to give a DNA sample. That sample matched the profile from the Bladen County assault.

Oxendine pleaded guilty to charges of felony sexual assault and attempted forcible rape in Bladen County Superior Court. He was sentenced to between 10-12 years in prison.

“Law enforcement officers involved in this case remained committed to seeking justice years after this horrific incident occurred,” said District Attorney Jon David. “The victim in this case was savagely attacked by a total stranger in the sanctity of her own home. For nearly 19 years the identity of the perpetrator remained a mystery until DNA solved this case.”

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