Originally on WXII 12

February 13, 2019

New technology is helping the Winston-Salem Police Department crack down on sexual assault cases.

Thanks to a federal grant, the police department cracked a cold case nearly three decades old and they hope this is only the beginning.

With help from Attorney General Josh Stein and a $2 million grant, the WSPD sent off more than 280 assault kits to be tested. So far, only one kit has led to an arrest.

“We certainly have talked to the victim in this particular case, and she was certainly glad that there was some new development and something that could still even 29 years later bring some justice to what occurred to her,” WSPD criminal investigations division, LT. Eric Montgomery said.

Montgomery said in 1990, 58-year-old Horace Stokes Jr. broke into a victim’s home and sexually assaulted her. Due to the new technology, police were able to link Stokes to the incident that occurred almost 30 years ago.

“I think the fact that we’ve stored, and we continue to store evidence for as long as we do in case like this, is evidence of that fact that we are very victim focused, we don’t give up,” Montgomery said.

Winston-Salem police are currently reviewing cases and are optimistic they will bring justice to more victims.

Following this grant, Attorney General Josh Stein is planning to request $6 million from the legislature to clear the back log of 15,000 untested rape kits.