Ten years ago, a Hoover woman was abducted, robbed, raped and terrorized. She now knows the identity of one of her assailants.
Authorities have charged a 26-year-old Birmingham man with first-degree kidnapping, robbery and rape in these crimes. DNA helped investigators solve this crime that has haunted Hoover detectives for a decade.
William Harris, Jr., of Powderly, was charged with the decade-old crime and was just 16-years-old at the time he committed the crimes. Harris is already serving life without parole after he kidnapped a Hueytown father of two and shot him to death.
Hoover police Chief Nick Dervis said, “I was always brought up to believe that everybody is good, but being a police officer for 30 years obviously has shown me that’s not true. This guy has a pattern of kidnapping and robbing. He is evil.”
When the Hoover crime happened back in December 2002, the victim was returning to her apartment about 10 p.m., when two men approached her and forced her at gunpoint back into her car. She was taken to three banks and forced to make withdrawals from ATM’s. The men then took her back to her apartment where she was raped.
Evidence found inside the car was tested for DNA and was later resubmitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, where it was analyzed and compared to a national database that holds more than 10 million genetic profiles from convicts and arrestees.
Hoover detectives learned that Harris’ DNA profile in the database matched that of their evidence, so they took another sample from him and it was verified that he was their guy.
The victim met with Hoover officials on Wednesday and they told her of the arrest. Chief Dervis said, “The public doesn’t always realize this stays with a victim the rest of their life. She is glad this guy has been in jail, and can’t harm anyone else.”
Harris is not cooperating with authorities in naming his accomplice. “We are not going to stop until we identify the second suspect,” said Hoover police captain Greg Rector.
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