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After 10-year rape kit delay, man charged with raping, kidnapping teen in Seattle

Darin Bolar is seen in an October 2009 Department of Corrections photo.

SEATTLE - Eleven years after the attack, a 52-year-old man is arrested for the kidnapping and repeated rape of a 14-year-old girl he allegedly abducted in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of South Seattle.

The victim's rape kit, stored among more than 1,000 in a well-known backlog of untested sets of evidence, was finally examined and yielded a DNA match for Darin Bolar in December 2017.

Police arrested Bolar Sept. 26 and prosecutors charged him Monday with first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree rape for the October 2007 attack.

Then-Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole announced an initiative in 2015 to test each of the backlogged kits. At the time, of the 1,641 rape kits administered in the previous 10 years, only 365 had been tested by the State Patrol crime lab.

Cases had to meet certain criteria to be sent to the state crime lab for testing, but O'Toole's announcement prompted Seattle police to send each kit along for examination.

Bolar was already a Level III sex offender and had been convicted in 1993 of third-degree child rape for assaulting a 14-year-old girl at the Wild Waves amusement park.

The 14-year-old girl in the Seattle case was walking on a street in Beacon Hill Oct. 24, 2007, looking for a pay phone to call her boyfriend when she noticed a man walking behind her, according to a police report.

The man grabbed her, pulled her into a yard with tall bushes and raped her. He allegedly used a garden hose attached to the house and forced it in the girl's vagina to clean the evidence of the assault.

The attacker then took her to a nearby vehicle and threatened to kill her if she tried to find help. They reportedly drove to a McDonald's and headed back to the man's residence somewhere off Martin Luther King, Jr. Way South. The man told the teen that she was not allowed to leave and he would find and kill her if she did, according to court documents.

He raped and beat the girl and forced her to clean his house throughout the next two days, police said. The girl would later claim that the man raped her at least seven or eight times. Every time she tried to leave, he beat or raped her again.

The teen escaped while the attacker was at work and another man inside the house was asleep on the couch. She ran out the front door and contacted a friend who called police.

Staff at Harborview Medical Center collected forensic evidence from the girl for her rape kit. The kit was not tested until Dec. 28, 2017, when the crime lab found a DNA profile that matched Bolar's in their database.

Bolar was 42 at the time of the girl's assaults.

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