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U.S Marshals arrest man for 1999 sexual assault of teen in West Palm Beach

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 23:58:50-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — West Palm Beach police say an arrest has been made in the sexual battery of a teen from nearly two decades ago.

Police said a 15-year-old girl was attacked and sexually assaulted on June 4, 1999 along the 700 block of 21st Street while she was walking to a family member's home.

The case went cold until 2017, when the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Serology Lab tested a sexual battery evidence kit.

Police said the lab identified 54-year-old Tommy Kelvin Neloms as the suspect in September, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

U.S. Marshals took Neloms into custody Thursday. He's expected to make his first appearance in court Friday morning.