TEEN FROM DEMOPOLIS CHARGED IN UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA STUDENT’S RAPE
A 19-year-old man from Demopolis is behind bars and facing rape charges months after a University of Alabama student reported being raped in November.
The Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit said it happened around 1:45 a.m. Nov. 27, 2016, in the 1200 block of Convent Street, near the UA campus. The victim said that shortly after getting home, someone walked into her apartment, threatened her with a gun and sexually assaulted her.
Over the past few days, investigators said they followed some new information leading to the arrest of Colby De’Wayne Daniels Lewis in Demopolis.
At the time of the assault, Lewis’ DNA was not registered in the state’s database of known offenders, meaning he could not be matched to the rape kit. But when Lewis was arrested last month in Dempolis on burglary charges, his DNA was taken and submitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. There, it came up as a match for the 2016 rape kit.
<p>Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Capt. Kip Hart said that’s a big win for the database.</p><div></div><p>“The majority of the jails, whether they are municipal or county, will take a sample if you are arrested for most felonies,” Hart said. “Once you walk in that door, that’s part of the initial fingerprinting and processing they do. And so it is sent off then.”</p>
<span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Lewis is facing charges of burglary, rape and sodomy.</span>
Lewis was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $120,000 in bonds.