Police: DNA testing IDs 1996 rape suspect

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 66-year-old Portland man was arrested Tuesday for a stranger-on-stranger rape that happened on June 14, 1996 after DNA results connected him to the crime.

Jihad Eldeen Moore Jr. — also known as Julius Moore — has 10 felony, 4 misdemeanor and 14 probation violations on his criminal record. 

He is charged with one count of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sodomy. 

Portland police began their investigation near 22 years ago. DNA results came back for additional follow up as part of the bureau’s Rose Project in November 2017. 

On Wednesday, KOIN 6 News spoke with Moore’s daughter, Nakia, who said she was surprised to hear about the allegations against her father. 

“I’ve never had anything like this happen,” Nakia said. 

She said her father has lived in Portland for the past 6 years. Before that, she said, he lived in Wyoming. 

Nakia said without knowing more about the allegations being made against her father, she was unable to comment.

SAFE kit testing

In 2015, PPB completed an audit regarding the number of Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kits stored in its property room. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office later received funding from the District Attorney of New York and its grant program, the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination, to help other jurisdictions cover the cost of DNA testing.

According to the Rose Project’s website, testing is now finished on the 1726 SAFE kits sent to a private lab in Utah for testing. 

“The Bureau has sent a total of 1,800 kits for testing,” its website state. “The number is slightly larger than the original audit; the additional 43 kits are kits shipped to PPB from other agencies and kits the Bureau held for other agencies where that agency did not have a case number for the kit.”

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