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BPD Arrest Suspect in '02 Rape Case

Buffalo police have solved a 2002 sexual assault, involving a then 15 year old girl, with the help of a DNA "hit".

After an initial investigation by Buffalo police, the trail had gone cold. However, police were recently given the results of DNA testing, from the Central Police Services Lab, and re-opened the case.

Detectives Jacqueline S. Sullivan and Carmen D. Clark of the Buffalo police Sex Offense Squad arrested 45 year old Craig Burroughs of Grider Street, Buffalo on Thursday, February 25th.

Burroughs is presently on parole.

"Armed with the DNA evidence, investigators conferred with the district attorney's office and state parole officers," according to Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives. "The detectives were able to locate the suspect, and he was taken to police headquarters for questioning Thursday night," Richards said.

Burroughs was charged with rape in the first degree and sodomy in the first degree, stemming from an incident that occurred December 11, 2002 around 7am, in Shoshone Park. At that time a fifteen year old girl reported that she had been raped, while en route to school.

During the booking process at the Erie County Holding Center, he had possession of crack cocaine. He was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance and prison contraband.

Burroughs was arraigned in Buffalo City Court on Friday, and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, without bail.