Brooklyn man finally convicted for a 1998 rape at Park Slope subway stop
A 45-year-old from Brooklyn faces up to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in 1998 after officials found a “cold hit” from a DNA sample later obtained, according to the acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
“Thanks to the DNA evidence collected at the time of this attack the defendant has now been held accountable for this brutal rape,” Gonzalez said. “This case once again underscores the importance of DNA evidence in proving guilt or innocence. I’d also like to commend the victim for having the courage to testify at trial and bring this defendant to justice.”
Johnny Jacob, 45, was convicted of first-degree rape on Monday after a DNA sample obtained from the victim’s rape kit in 1998 positively matched to the defendant’s DNA profile in the New York DNA database. His jury trial took place before Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Dineen Riviezzo.
Jacob faces up to 25 years in prison during his sentencing that will take place on June 2, 2017.
According to trial testimony, the victim, who was 19-years-old at the time, was on her way to work on March 2, 1998, at about 9:30 a.m., when she was approached by Jacob at the entrance to the M train at 9th Street and Fourth Avenue. Jacob threatened to shoot the victim and ordered her to the back of the platform before he forcibly raped her. Afterward, he threatened to kill her if she called the police.
Following the incident, the victim ran to work and her employer called 911 to report the rape. She was then treated at Lutheran Hospital, according to officials.
It wasn’t until October 4, 2013, after Jacob was convicted on unrelated on federal money laundering charges, that there was a DNA hit connecting the defendant to the semen found in the rape kit.
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