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DNA Links Man to Violent Winnipeg Sexual Assault from 2007

October 25, 2019 12:34 PM | News

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A former Winnipeg man who was already serving time for multiple violent attacks on women has been charged with an offence dating back to May 2007.

Police had been looking to solve a crime that occurred on May 8 of that year when a 27-year-old woman was approached by a man on a bike in the area of Flora Avenue and Robinson Street.

The man took out a knife and forced the woman into a back lane where she was sexually assaulted. He then fled the scene on his bike.

A DNA profile from the crime that was submitted to the RCMP forseic lab, and later entered into the national DNA bank of Canada, turned up a match.

The offender, who was sentenced to 14 years in jail, had to supply a DNA sample due to the severity of the crimes.

Winnipeg police were notified of the match to a convicted federal offender in January 2019.

Police obtained a warrant for the suspect in July and later a DNA warrant in October. Arrangements were made to have the suspect transferred to Manitoba.

Police executed all warrants on October 23 and charged Douglas Wayne Bowman, 55, with sexual assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

Bowman was returned to federal custody.