71-YEAR-OLD WINSTON-SALEM MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH WOMAN’S RAPE FROM NEARLY 26 YEARS AGO
September 18, 2019
Winston-Salem police said a woman reported being raped to authorities Nov. 3, 1993.
On the night in question, the woman told police that a man armed with a knife approached her as she walked in the 1000 block of Cayuga Street.
The man reportedly forced her to another area before he sexually assaulted her, investigators said.
The case was referred to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Winston-Salem Police Department for further investigation was marked "inactive" Jan. 11, 1994.
In 2017, the Winston-Salem Police Department was invited to participate in a North Carolina sexual assault kit testing initiative.
Despite the status of the investigation being inactive, evidence preserved from the Nov. 3, 1993, incident was tested as part of the initiative.
As a result of the testing, police said detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants Tuesday to charge 71-year-old John Alford with first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping.
At the time these warrants were obtained, police said, Alford was being held in the North Carolina Department of Corrections on unrelated matters.
Alford's bail on the new charges was set at $1 million.
He is scheduled to appear in court on these charges Thursday, Sept. 26.
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