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Nearly a decade ago, a string of rapes occurred along the Ramsey Street area of Fayetteville. While authorities worked diligently to solve these crimes, the “Ramsey Street Rapist” continued to get away with his horrific deeds. The suspect continuously left DNA when he assaulted his victims, but police just couldn’t find any matches to the samples.

The rapist’s DNA has been preserved all these years, and police have often rechecked databases and revisited the cold cases in an attempt to solve them. This week, Fayetteville Police were ecstatic to finally arrest the “Ramsey Street Rapist.” Darold Wayne Bowden, a 43-year-old, was arrested and charged with at least six different rapes that occurred between 2006 and 2008.

Fayetteville Police recently heard about how authorities utilized groundbreaking genetic genealogy testing to capture the infamous “Golden State Killer” in April. Intrigued, authorities decided to try this bold and controversial method. Police submitted the rapist’s DNA to Parabon NanoLabs who used other DNA samples voluntarily submitted by customers of ancestry websites to identify Bowden. Incredibly, Bowden’s family members had voluntarily sent their DNA to an ancestry site, and a lab in Virginia confirmed the DNA and identity of the potential match: Darold Bowden.

The suspect is facing a multitude of charges including first-degree forcible sex offense, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, felony larceny, second-degree forcible rape, first-degree forcible rape and felony possession of stolen items. He is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on an $18.8 million bond. He is expected to appear in court on August 23rd, but he has not yet entered a plea.