By Julie Montanaro
September 21, 6:55 p.m.
A DNA hit breaks a seven-year-old rape case, and now a Tallahassee man accused of brutally attacking a woman is behind bars.
The woman still has scars from the beating, and though seven years have passed since that night, police say she recognized her attacker right away.
It happened in a parking lot at the corner of Georgia and Bronough Streets. A prostitute says she thought the man in the car was reaching for money, but instead he punched her and knocked her to the ground.
"She was savagely beaten, had a lot of broken ribs, some terrible injuries, some facial injuries, and she flagged down one of our officers and reported the incident to him," said Tallahassee Police Spokesman John Creamer.
Seven years later, 30-year-old Taurus Blocker is under arrest, accused of beating and raping the woman that night in 1999. His arrest comes after a DNA hit in the FDLE data base.
DNA collected at the crime scene has been in the system for years, but a recent arrest meant Taurus Blocker's DNA was now in there too.
"We run a search on a weekly basis on the state level," said FDLE Crime Lab Analyst Chris Carney, "and the searches include offenders being searched against crime scene samples that are unsolved."
FDLE got the match in August. TPD was able to find the victim earlier this month, and though seven years had passed since that August night, officers say she recognized Taurus Blocker immediately.
"As soon as we laid the line up in front of her, she pointed him out immediately and says she thinks about him all the time," Creamer said.
Blocker was ordered held without bond at his first court appearance Thursday morning.