Los Angeles police have arrested a suspect accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a then 14-year-old boy in Northridge.
LAPD Captain Billy Hayes says Mirek Voyt was arrested at his home after DNA testing connected him to the 15 year old crime.
“We since, in the course of our investigation, have been able to tie him conclusively to this assault.”
The attack happened in June 2001, when two teens were walking to school when a man approached them, gun in hand.
One boy was able to run away, the other was taken and then assaulted by the man.
Hayes says the big break in the case came last year when Voyt was convicted of stealing money from the grocery store chain where he worked.
Because the theft was a felony, Voyt's DNA was collected and put into a database where it matched evidence from the 2001 assault.
Hayes says investigators are worried there may have been more victims over the years.
“When you look at a predator of this nature and the violence that occurred in 2001, although he’s remained off the radar in terms of other criminal acts, one would find it hard to believe that this was his only time.”
The district attorney says Voyt has pleaded not guilty and his bail is set at more than $1 million.