March 23, 2011 2:45pm by Julie Montanaro
A Tallahassee man is now under arrest and accused of a 1988 rape and robbery in Miami.
U.S. Marshals arrested 48 year old Lyndell Davis at a home on Ardara Drive in Killearn Estates Tuesday.
Spokesman Marty West says Davis was doing yard work when they showed up to arrest him at his brother's home.
West says Davis is accused of abducting a 16 year old girl in Miami and raping her in a church parking lot back in 1988. He says Davis is accused of attacking the teenager after following her off a city bus.
U.S. Marshals say Davis was linked to the crime by a DNA match in the CODIS system.
Davis is being held in the Leon County Jail. West says investigators from Miami-Dade are headed to Tallahassee to interview him.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 23, 2011 --
The US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force today announced the arrest of Lyndell Davis, 48, of Tallahassee, Florida for the offenses of Armed Kidnapping, Armed Sexual Assault, and Armed Robbery on a Miami Police Department case dating back to 1988. Miami Dade Police Detectives made the connection on the unsolved case involving the kidnapping, rape, and robbery of a 16 year old female after receiving a DNA match for Davis through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System. An affidavit filed by detectives alleged that on May 23, 1988 the victim in the above case was followed by an unknown black male after getting off a Metro Bus near her residence while returning from her after school job. The victim was rushed from behind and forcibly dragged into a parking lot behind a nearby church where the male suspect proceeded to forcibly rape and rob her. Miami Dade Police Detectives assigned to the Special Victim’s Bureau, Sexual Crimes Section had been searching for Davis for the past month and had recently received information that Davis was in the Tallahassee, Florida area. MDPD Detectives contacted the US Marshals task force who quickly located Davis in the 4000 block of Ardara Drive in the Killearn Estates area. Davis, who was outside his residence doing yard work at the time, was quickly surrounded and arrested without incident. Davis is currently being held in the Leon County Jail awaiting removal back to Miami, Florida.
US Marshal Dennis Williamson stated that the arrest of Lyndell Davis highlights the great cooperation between the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and local area law enforcement to track down and apprehend those individuals wanted for violent crimes. The US Marshals task force is comprised of Deputy US Marshals who work side by side on a daily basis with law enforcement officers from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee Police Department, Perry Police Department, and the Leon County State Attorney’s Office to locate and apprehend the most violent offenders in the State of Florida.