Prosecutor: DNA frees one suspect, nabs another in East St. Louis MetroLink rape

News-DemocratJune 18, 2013 

DNA cleared one man and pointed to another suspect in the rape and robbery of a woman near an East St. Louis MetroLink station.

Dominic R. Hood, 18, of East St. Louis, was charged Friday with six counts of criminal sexual assault, one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault, and one count of armed robbery with a firearm. St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly announced the charges Monday, saying DNA that was in a data base linked Hood to the rape of a 32-year-old East St. Louis woman.

Originally Marlon Miller, 20, of East St. Louis, was charged with the attack, but his family paid for a DNA test that cleared him. He said his confession to the robbery was coerced and that he never confessed to the rape.

The charge led him to sit in jail from Feb. 20 until June 4, when the test cleared him of the rape.

The victim was attacked early Jan. 29 shortly after she got off a MetroLink train at the Emerson Park station. She was robbed, raped and police said had to beg for her life.

St. Clair County Judge Chris Kolker set bail for Hood at $1 million. He was in the St. Clair County Jail on Tuesday, officials there confirmed.

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