Army private at Fort Bragg arrested for 2013 rape in Texas

 

Army private at Fort Bragg arrested for 2013 rape in Texas
Army private at Fort Bragg arrested for 2013 rape in Texas

A soldier stationed in Fort Bragg has been arrested for the rape of a 16-year-old girl in suburban Houston five years ago.

Levi Austin Goss, 24, was charged with aggravated assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping for the Feb. 5, 2013 incident, NBC affiliate KPRC reported Tuesday.

The Harris County’s forensic science institute last December matched a military offender in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

It was the first break in the almost five years since the 16-year-old victim was discovered clinging to life near a movie theater in Cypress, Tex.

Police said she played dead after being dragged into a wooded area and bludgeoned over the head with a blunt object.

The naked victim made it about a mile before passing out in a grassy patch near the theater.

The victim was brought to a hospital via helicopter, and authorities collected a DNA sample.

A witness at a nearby gas station told cops a man went into the bathroom wearing a shirt drenched in blood, KPRC reported, but left in a clean white one.

The blood-stained grey shirt was later found in a garbage can.

Investigators went back to the witness last month with a photo of Goss, who was positively identified as the man in the bloody shirt, the news channel reported.

Goss is a private first class in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, a spokesman for the base confirmed to the Daily News.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Goss had already been brought to Texas or when he will be.

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