DNA leads to Louisiana man’s arrest in 1987 sexual battery

Published 9:29 am Friday, August 24, 2018

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — The re-testing of DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a man in Louisiana for a rape in Florida more than 30 years ago.

The Miami Herald reports Coral Springs police announced the arrest of 59-year-old Frank Montana on Thursday.

DNA technology has advanced since the crime. Detective Ernesto Bruna says Special Victims Unit detectives requested a re-test in March, and it pointed to the profile of Montana. Also known as Frank Cruz, he was arrested Tuesday in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Police say the woman was assaulted in 1987 by a man who entered her bedroom. Montana has a history of sexual violence and served 15 years in Minnesota for a sex crime. It’s unclear if he’s got a lawyer.