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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