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Police: DNA hit key in case of '99 rape

LAWRENCEVILLE - Just after midnight on Aug. 15, 1999, Raymond Davila Contreras and a buddy did the unthinkable, police say.

As a 16-year-old girl was walking home near Jimmy Carter Boulevard, the two men drove up in a truck and snatched her, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.

Later, at an abandoned warehouse, they allegedly took turns raping her in the bed of the truck. When they were finished, the duo drove the girl to a gas station, threw her out and fled.

Nine years later, the past caught up with Contreras, police say.

A DNA sample Contreras submitted to an offender database when he did a stint in state prison for a 2006 burglary in Forest Park matched DNA recovered from the 1999 victim, Schiralli said. Investigators say Contreras also matched a physical description given by the victim and a composite sketch.

On Monday - 3,291 days after the alleged attack - Contreras, 42, was arrested and charged with false imprisonment, rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault. He remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. Contreras had been at the Fulton County Jail on an unrelated charge when he was taken into custody, Schiralli said.

The second suspect remains at large.

A police report obtained by The Post detailing the alleged incident offers a chilling account.

The victim was walking on Oakdale Road near Jimmy Carter Boulevard around midnight when a truck pulled up beside her, according to the report. The report states that one of the suspects got out, grabbed her and pulled her inside.

Minutes later, the report said, the suspects pulled into several businesses off McDonough Boulevard until they found an abandoned warehouse that offered enough darkness. In the bed of the truck, the report states, they took turns raping her.

She was later thrown out of the vehicle at a gas station on South Norcross-Tucker Road, according to the report.

The girl immediately ran home to tell her mother what happened, according to the report. Evidence was collected and the girl was able to give a description of both suspects.