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DNA evidence snags two suspects in October rape

TAMPA — Two suspects in an October rape case have been identified by their DNA, according to Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.

The first suspect, Vanord Rutherford, was arrested on Dec. 31.

Now, Crime Stoppers is seeking the public's help to find the second suspect, 27-year-old Steven Rosha Hatten.

According to police reports, Hatten was one of the four men who attacked and sexually battered a woman on Oct. 26 in the area of E 127th Avenue and N 15th Street.

The national DNA database, CODIS, matched Rutherford and Hatten to the perpetrators, Crime Stoppers said in a release.

Rutherford, 22, was arrested at his home at 1318 Walnut Bend Way on New Year's Eve and was held at a Hillsborough County jail without bail. He is charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon or force injury, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities are still searching for Hatten, whose last known address is 411 Dunedin Ave. in Temple Terrace. He has been arrested 17 times in Hillsborough County with charges ranging from driving with a suspended license to delivery and sale of cocaine, according to jail records.

Anyone with information about Hatten who wants to be eligible for a cash reward may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477, report online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

DNA evidence snags two suspects in October rape 01/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 11:51pm]
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