DNA match ties man to nearly 30-year-old rape case

DNA match ties man to nearly 30-year-old rape case

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Melton Chapman (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
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  • Melton Chapman is accused of raping a woman in 1989 at the former Bowen Homes housing project.
  • Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477.

Atlanta police are searching for a man after a DNA match tied him to a nearly 30-year-old rape case.

“Because of the age of this case,” Sgt. Lucas Wagaman told Channel 2 Action News, “we have to move fast.”

Police believe Melton Chapman, who has been arrested 27 times on burglary, fraud and drug charges, among others, raped a woman in her 20s at the former Bowen Homes housing project on June 22, 1989, according to Channel 2.

Detectives in the Special Victims Unit this week identified Chapman as the alleged attacker after DNA evidence in a rape kit was sent to the crime lab, the television station reported.

Police said he broke into the woman’s home through a window, covered her head and threatened to kill her if she looked at his face.

Detectives believe Chapman may be hiding out in Fulton, Cobb or Clayton counties due to arrest records in those areas. 

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477.

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