DNA leads to arrest 15 years after violent rape at Kentucky motel

COVINGTON, Ky. — DNA has led investigators to arrest a man who allegedly raped a woman at a Kentucky motel 15 years ago.

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According to court records obtained by WXIX, Ian Angel, 47, was arrested and has been charged with rape and robbery for his alleged involvement in a rape that happened on August 23, 2007, at a Fort Mitchell, Kentucky Super 8 motel.

Commonwealth attorney Rob Sanders told WLWT that DNA was recovered from the victim when the incident happened that was believed to have belonged to the suspect.

The woman at the time told investigators that she performed dance services or massages for clients. She was contacted by a man who agreed to 30 minutes of services. When those 30 minutes were up, Angel had allegedly requested sexual acts but the victim refused, according to WXIX. He allegedly got angry and punched her a few times until she was unconscious.

WXIX said that the victim came to and found $200 in cash and two cellphones missing from her room. She also told investigators that she believed she may have been sexually assaulted.

Police took a DNA sample from a rape kit, according to WXIX. Police used cellphone records to identify Angel as the suspect in 2007, but Fort Mitchell Police Detective Jess Hamblin told WXIX that they were unable to locate him. The case eventually went cold.

According to WLWT, the rape kit from the attack was recently entered into a database which is how investigators got a match. It matched DNA entered into the database in 2011 for an assault charge in Las Vegas. The suspect in that case was Angel.

Angel was located and arrested, according to WLWT. He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.