Rape Kit Is Tested 14 Years Later, Leads To Arrest Of Former Police Officer

| by Lisa Fogarty

Fourteen years after a young woman was reportedly raped, the suspect behind the crime has finally been arrested thanks to DNA evidence – and it’s someone few people probably believed could have been responsible for it.

Bridges Randle, 40, is a former Memphis police officer who now works as an administrator at the Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta. He’s also the same man police say may have raped a 23-year-old woman back in June 2000, reports Raw Story.

Investigators say the young woman called police to report a domestic violence incidence 14 years ago. One of the officers who reportedly responded to the call was Randle, and the victim claims he returned to her home later that day to question her. That was when she says he forced her by gunpoint into the bedroom, where he allegedly raped her.

Despite the fact that DNA evidence was collected at the time, it took more than a decade for the untested rape kit to make it into the national crime database, reports WMC.

Randle, meanwhile, reportedly quit the police department in 2001, moved to Atlanta, and changed his name. It is not known how he was eventually caught, but the Boys and Girls Club released this statement following his arrest:

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta has learned that a staff member has been accused of rape and is being held on bond in the Shelby County Jail in Tennessee. We are deeply concerned and alarmed by this allegation, and have taken immediate action. The employee has been terminated and we have prohibited this individual’s access to our organization and any of our operations.”

Randle has been indicted for aggravated rape and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Sources: Raw Story, WMC

Photo Credit:  Action News 5 Memphis, Flickr/CrashIntoTheSun