DNA used to ID suspect in multiple rapes over several years in NC


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville police said an arrest has been made in the case of the “Ramsey Street Rapist.”

Darold Bowden, 43, of Linden, has been arrested in connection with six rapes.

DNA evidence was used to connect Bowden to the rapes, police said. 

He’s being held under a $18.8 million bond after being charged with:

  • Three counts first-degree forcible rape
  • Three counts first-degree forcible sex offense
  • Four counts second-degree forcible rape
  • 13 counts second-degree forcible sex offense
  • First-degree statutory rape
  • Indecent liberties with a child
  • Six counts first-degree kidnapping 
  • Five counts first-degree burglary
  • Two counts felony larceny
  • Two counts felony possession of stolen goods

“I’m just glad we got the guy finally,” said Lt. John Somerindyke with Fayetteville police. “This is just the beginning.” 

Bowden was arrested at his Linden home by the Fayetteville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team with assistance from the United States Marshal Service Violent Fugitive Task Force.

According to police, Bowden was wanted in connection with at least six rapes that date back to 2006.

  • March 31, 2006 – Village at Carvers Falls Apartments
  • Aug. 23, 2006 – 4400 block of Ramsey Street
  • Feb. 12, 2007 – Apartments on Bubble Creek Court
  • March 6, 2007 – Village at Carvers Falls Apartments
  • Sept. 18, 2007 – Heather Ridge Apartments
  • Jan. 26, 2008 – Apartments on Bubble Creek Court

The rapes happened in the North Fayetteville/Ramsey Street area and had remained unsolved, police said.

Chief Gina Hawkins said there were at least six victims from these rapes. 

DNA belonging to Bowden was recovered at three of the crime scenes and was uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System.

Although the DNA did not match a particular person, police did receive a case-to-case match in connection with a March 2004 “peeping” incident in Harnett County, police said.

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