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DNA evidence helps cops crack 1983 Florida rape case

Florida authorities used DNA evidence to find the man they say raped a woman more than three decades ago.

Timothy Norris, 60, was identified in connection with the break-in rape 36 years ago at a home in Coral Springs, police said Friday.

The victim awoke in the early hours of Aug. 22, 1983, to find an armed man in her bedroom. The intruder had broken in through the rear door of the woman’s home, according to the Coral Springs Police Department.

When the woman screamed, the intruder told her that he wasn’t going to hurt her — then proceeded to rape her, police said.

“I have loved you for months,” he allegedly told his victim. “You have very nice children and a nice husband.”

The victim urged detectives in March to reopen her case after seeing other cold cases solved using DNA evidence.

Several items from the scene were sent to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab, which revealed that the victim’s clothing contained DNA belonging to Norris, according to police.

Norris was found at a West Virginia federal prison, where he’s serving time for committing a bank robbery. He has also had prior arrests for armed burglary, aggravated assault, assault on a female and kidnapping.

Officials said a warrant was obtained for his arrest and that he will be extradited back to Florida. He faces charges of sexual battery with a weapon.

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