1998, 2002 Cleveland rapes solved by DNA kit testing: video

Officials announce arrests for two cold case rapes from 1998 and 2002.

CLEVELAND - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office made a pair of announcements regarding arrests related to DNA rape kit testing.

One case stems from the 1998 rape of a 16-year-old girl. The other was a 2002 case in which a visually woman was raped.

Daniel Fridley, 48, raped a visually impaired woman in December 2002 off W. 130th Street. He was indicted by a grand jury last week on counts of rape, attempted rape, felonious assault and kidnapping. He now faces a possible sentence of 114 years to life behind bars.

The victim's rape kit was sent to BCI for testing and a DNA match was not found in 2002. A comb from the rape kit was tested again recently, leading to a match with Fridley. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine launched his Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative in 2011. Since then, task forces have received more than 14,000 untested rape kits. Of those, only 750 remain to be tested. According to DeWine, the 2002 rape test kit match marks the 700th indictment since the initiative's start.

In 1998, Darryl Williams raped a 16-year-old as she walked to school. Williams grabbed the victim at gunpoint outside his apartment building, took her into an alley and sexually assaulted her in a basement stairwell. He also robbed her.

Williams was arrested in 1999 for two more rapes. He's currently serving a 20-year sentence due for release in 2020. He has now been indicted for the 1998 case on charges of rape, gross sexually imposition, kidnapping and aggravated robbery. He's now facing a possible sentence of 120 years to life behind bars.

The victim's rape kit wasn't tested until 2013, leading BCI to a match with Williams.

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