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updated: 3/3/2014 7:17 PM

Texas man charged with 1999 Lisle rape

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  • Roberto Noyola-Espinal

    Roberto Noyola-Espinal

Daily Herald report

A Texas man accused of sexually assaulting a Lisle woman 15 years ago appeared in a DuPage County court this weekend.

Roberto Noyola-Espinal, 37, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of home invasion related to the Feb. 7, 1999, attack.

Noyola-Espinal forced his way into a 63-year-old woman's apartment and physically and sexually assaulted her before fleeing, according to a release from DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

The woman went to a neighbor's apartment and called police, who were able to created a DNA profile on the suspect and enter it into the federal Combined DNA Index System, officials said.

On Thursday, that index system matched DNA from a recent crime scene linked to Noyola-Espinal, authorities said. He was extradited from Texas and returned to DuPage County.

"I would like to applaud the tenacity of the fine men and women of the Lisle Police Department," Berlin said. "For the better part of fourteen years, they never gave up in their pursuit of justice in this case." Noyola-Espinal's appears next in court March 31.

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