SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- Montgomery County Police say that a man in jail in Texas has been linked to a Silver Spring rape case from 2003.
In that March 3, 2003 incident, a woman had parked her car in the 700 block of Lawlander Lane at approximately 1:30 a.m. and then started walking to her home when she saw man walking towards her. As she passed the man, that he pushed her to the ground. There was a struggle in which the man choked her until she lost consciousness, say police. When she regained consciousness, the man was sexually assaulting her.
Police say that the man then carried the victim to the backseat of the car and drove her to Montgomery Knolls Elementary School on Daleview Drive. Police say he then raped the woman.
The man fled the scene in the vehicle. The woman went to a home on Daleview Drive, where a resident then called police to tell them that a partially dressed woman was knocking on the door for help.
Detectives got a description of the suspect and asked for the public's help in identifying the suspect, but information they received did not lead to a suspect, say Montgomery County Police.
Then in July 2011, the Montgomery County Police Department was notified by the national DNA database that a DNA match was made with evidence collected at the rape scene and DNA obtained from a prisoner in Texas. Montgomery County Police say the DNA match belonged to 30-year-old David Martinez, who was in the custody of Texas corrections.
Police say there is no known relationship between Martinez and the victim.
Montgomery County detectives transported David Martinez back to the county last Thursday to face charges of first degree rape, first degree sexual offense, first degree assault, and kidnapping.
Martinez is being held without bond.