DNA Leads To Arrest For 17-Year-Old Rape

The Gothamist
A Virginia drug dealer faces 25 years in prison after DNA evidence led to his indictment for the 1993 rape of a 16-year-old NYC girl. Alberto Barriera, 46, has been charged with first degree rape, robbery and burglary after he attacked the teenage victim when she was returning to her LES home, took her money and jewelry, choked her and sexually assaulted her. District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement, “It is impossible to overstate the importance of expanding the New York State DNA databank to include DNA collection upon conviction for all Penal Law crimes — felonies and misdemeanors, as this case starkly shows.”