Fingerprints help locate suspected rapist from 2005

Posted by Paige Bresky - email

POMPANO BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Broward Sheriff's Office Crime Lab attained fingerprint evidence leading to the arrest of a suspected rapist Wednesday.

Broward County Sheriff's office have arrested 23-year-old Shane Michael Shaw who brutally raped a 70-year-old woman in 2005 on two counts of armed sexual battery and one count of armed kidnapping.

According to detectives, at approximately 2:10 a.m. on Monday, March 14, 2005, Shaw forced his way inside the victim's apartment at the Lighthouse Cove Time Share Community in the 1400 block of North Ocean Boulevard in Pompano Beach.

Once inside, Shaw knocked the Minnesota woman down and grabbed her around the neck. She screamed and the suspect tied the victim's hands behind her back, gagged her, took a knife from the kitchen, and then raped the woman. The suspect stole about $150 in cash from the woman before leaving the apartment through the back sliding glass door about an hour after the attack started.

BSO's Crime Scene detectives responded and collected latent prints and trace evidence from the scene. The physical evidence was then processed at BSO's Crime Lab and the fingerprints were entered into AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System), a national database. Detectives did not get a hit at the time because Shaw had no arrest history; therefore, there were no comparable prints in the system.

On August 4, 2010, detectives got the break they were looking for when BSO deputies in Oakland Park arrested Shaw at 300 NE 57 Court for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked and fingerprinted at BSO's Main Jail. A BSO Senior Latent Print Analyst confirmed the match to the 2005 rape. BSO's Special Victims Unit was notified, and Det. Alfredo Avalos obtained an arrest warrant for Shaw.

Det. Avalos said Shaw admitted to raping the 70-year-old victim. He added that more charges are pending in additional cases.

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