DNA helps link inmate to 1986 rape case

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man currently in custody in a Missouri prison has been charged in a Kansas City rape from 1986 thanks to DNA technology, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Monday.

George J. Freeman Jr., 42, faces charges of rape and first degree robbery.

According to court records, in the early afternoon of Aug. 6, 1986, a 25-year-old woman reported being raped not long before calling police outside a residence in the 2200 block of Troost Avenue. She had been walking in the area when a man approached her, pulled a knife and placed it to her throat. He raped the victim and took $11 from her, before leaving.

DNA recovered from the scene was matched in August 2012 to George Freeman Jr.

Freeman currently is in custody in Missouri.

This case was co-investigated by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Cold Case Unit and the Kansas City Police Department’s Cold Case Unit.

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