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DNA helps nab suspect in '03 sex assault case

Sylvester Gene Rawls, 45, of Long Beach, is seen in a booking photo. With the help of DNA evidence, investigators arrested Rawls in connection with a 2003 sexual assault case that took place at Redondo Union High School.

January 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Long Beach man was arrested for a 2003 sexual assault after DNA evidence linked him to the cold case crime.Sylvester Gene Rawls was arrested Monday at his Long Beach home. Police tracked down the 45-year-old using genetic evidence found at the original crime scene.

The attack took place at Redondo Union High School. The case remained unsolved despite an extensive investigation.

Rawls is being held on $250,000 bail. He faces arraignment on Wednesday.