Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Charles F. Boome - Repeat Sex Offender - Captured

A man who allegedly broke into a house near Western Washington University and raped a young woman in 2007 was apprehended on Thursday, Sept. 3, after tribal police found him hiding under a bed on the Tulalip Reservation.

Charles F. Boome was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail just before midnight, according to jail records.

The arrest came after a viewer of Washington's Crime Stoppers, which featured him for two consecutive weeks, called and tipped police to his whereabouts, according to a press release from the television show.

Boome is being held on suspicion of rape, burglary, failure to register as a sex offender and a parole violation, jail records show. Bail is set at $50,000.

Boome is a suspect in the April 27, 2007, rape of a woman in her 20s in an East Maple Street home. Police have been seeking him since July 2007 after they matched DNA from the crime to his DNA in a database, according to Bellingham police. He's also a suspect in a burglary in the area that same night.
Boome's DNA was on file with the Washington State Patrol because he was already convicted of third-degree child molestation in 2001. He later escaped from state Department of Corrections community custody, which resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for a parole violation.
Police knew he was homeless and living in Snohomish County.

The Stranger Rape DNA Project paid for the DNA sample from the crime to be processed by a private lab in Texas. It might have taken longer to process at the state's crime labs because of a backlog of evidence to be processed.
The results of the testing were then sent to the State Patrol, which matched the DNA in a database.

The Stranger Rape DNA Project was started in 2006 by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs with the help of federal funding. It was the first time the program had identified a suspect who was unknown when the sample was submitted.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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