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DNA helps cops nab a suspect in a 2006 unsolved crime

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Paul Croce (SOURCE: Cuyahoga county prosecutors office) Paul Croce (SOURCE: Cuyahoga county prosecutors office)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Paul Croce was found guilty Monday by a jury on all ten indicted charges including: two counts of Aggravated Burglary, two counts of Kidnapping with Sexual Motivation Specifications, three counts of Rape with Sexual Motivation Specifications, one count of Felonious Assault, and two counts of Aggravated Robbery.

On July 19, 2006, the 47-year old Cleveland man entered the residence of a then 67-year-old female who was sleeping at approximately 3:00 AM.

Croce broke into the residence through a bedroom window. He placed a blanket over the victims face and sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions. He then punched the victim, stole $2.00 and fled the scene thorough the front door.

A DNA match from a cigarette butt found on the ground by a back door matched that of Paul Croce.

In April, Croce was arrested by Cleveland Police on a warrant.

Judge Brendan Sheehan has scheduled a sexual violent predator hearing for July 23, 2013. Sentencing has been scheduled directly after this hearing.

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