Racine County prosecutors: DNA from 2012 conviction links Racine man to 2002 sexual assault

  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 12:05 PM

RACINE, Wis. — Racine County prosecutors say a DNA sample from a 2012 conviction for mistreating an animal has connected a Racine man to a decade-old sexual-assault case.

A Journal Times of Racine report (http://bit.ly/13ASeAF ) says 36-year-old Angel L. Cartagena now faces a charge of second-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors say his DNA matched samples taken after a sexual assault in 2002.

A woman told police she was walking home from a friend's house at 4:30 a.m. when a man knocked her down, banged her head on concrete and sexually assaulted her.

Prosecutors say Cartagena was linked to the assault after he was ordered to provide a DNA sample following an October conviction of mistreating an animal.

A message left with Cartagena's defense attorney Saturday was not immediately returned.

A preliminary hearing is set for July 10.

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