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“Arrest Made in a 2007 First Degree Sexual Abuse (Stranger), Kidnapping, Burglary, and Robbery Offense”

by Prince Of Petworth February 16, 2017 at 10:10 am 8 Comments

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has announced an arrest in a First Degree Sexual Abuse (Stranger), Kidnapping, Burglary, and Robbery offense which occurred in the 1800 block of T Street, Northwest, on October 6, 2007.

At the listed location, the suspect broke into the residence and went to the victim’s bedroom. The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim and stole items from her home before fleeing.

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 42-year-old Ronald Berton Jr, of Craigsville, Virginia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse with Aggravating Circumstances, Burglary One, Kidnapping, and Robbery.”

  • dcd

    I am always amazed that a 10-yo case like this can be solved. I wonder how it was done – DNA?

  • Beth

    Apparently this man was already in jail for raping another woman in 2010!

    “Police say 42-year-old Ronald Berton Jr. of Craigsville, Virginia, was indicted in November in the incident. Berton was arrested Tuesday in a prison in Virginia, where he is serving a sentence for a 2010 rape.”

  • PJL

    Wow. Props to MPD. I’m curious on more details, though, as I the release doesn’t indicate kidnapping.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps restraining her from leaving the home constitutes kidnapping?

      • PJL

        You’ve got to transport them/move them from the first location in order for it to be kidnapping.

        • PJL

          *usually. DC’s kidnapping law is TERRIBLY written. Hardly the big point of this story, so i won’t obsess on that aspect further. Glad this guy has been charged and hopefully this brings the victim some peace.

  • thor

    Craigsville?! Really?!

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