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David Martinez faces rape charges in 2003 sexual assault

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More than nine years after a woman was violently assaulted and raped in Silver Spring, a man has been extradited to Maryland in connection with the crime.

David Martinez (Photo: Authorities)

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Montgomery County Police say that 30-year-old David Martinez was positively identified as a DNA match to the victim, who was raped on March 3, 2003 near a county elementary school. He faces 1st-degree charges of rape, sexual offense, assault and kidnapping.

On a snowy March 3, 2003, police say that the victim, a 23-year-old Silver Spring woman, was followed home by a suspect, then pushed to the ground and choked her into a state of unconsciousness. When she came to, she says she was being sexually assaulted.

Police then say the suspect then carried the victim into the backseat of a car, drove her to the parking lot of Montgomery Knolls Elementary School, raped her and left her for dead. She then walked to a nearby neighborhood, where the police were contacted by a resident who says the woman knocked on the door for help.

"(She was) beaten and just bloodied and abused," One of the Good Samaritans, who declined to be identified, said. "We came out to find somebody completely disheveled."

The case went cold until July of last year, before Martinez was arrested on an unrelated charge. After taking a DNA sample, Montgomery County Police say that a DNA match had been made between the rape scene Martinez. He was returned to Maryland on June 14, where he is currently being held without bond.

"DNA is a wonderful tool," Montgomery County Police Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti said. "This man was incarcerated in Texas, we got a match and made the arrest."

Police do know of any previous relationship between Martinez and the victim. For the Good Samaritans who came to the victim's aide that night, though, the arrest brings a sense of closure.

"I'm glad science and technology have advanced to the point (that) this is possible," said one of the Good Samaritans.

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