NewsRegion C Palm Beach CountyWest Palm Beach

Actions

DNA leads to man's arrest in California in 1998 West Palm Beach rape

wptv-lenny-friou.jpg
Posted at 12:42 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 12:42:06-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say DNA linked to a Florida rape more than 20 years ago has led to a man being arrested and extradited from San Francisco.

The Palm Beach Post cites a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report as saying Lenny Ray Friou has been arrested in the 1998 rape of an 18-year-old woman in West Palm Beach. He was jailed without bail in the county Wednesday on a charge of sexual assault with a weapon or force.

The sheriff's office started a project in 2015 to review a backlog of 1,500 rape evidence kits.

The now-39-year-old victim told the sheriff's office last year that she wanted to pursue the case. It was re-opened in March, and DNA connected Friou to the assault.

It is unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment.