Toronto police say they have arrested a suspect in a 22-year-old cold case involving a sexual assault on a nine-year-old girl.
Investigators say that after going unsolved for more than two decades, forensic DNA evidence collected at the time of the incident has since led them to identify a suspect in the case.
Shane Daniel Garry, 45, of Brampton, Ont., was arrested Thursday.
He’s charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of forcible confinement, sexual assault, sexual interference, threatening bodily harm and two counts of abandoning a child under the age of 10.
Police say a nine-year-old girl and her five-year-old sister were playing in the lobby of their east-end apartment building on Feb. 3, 1991, when a man approached them and asked for help finding a place to eat.
It’s alleged the man asked the girls to get in his car, then dropped the five-year-old off at a store before taking the nine-year-old to a secluded area, sexually assaulting her and then leaving her at a restaurant.
Police say they believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to contact investigators or Crime Stoppers.
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