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DNA Database Leads to Sexual Assault Indictment

December 16, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, AK) – Yesterday, 66 year old Alfonso Matthews was indicted for sexually assaulting a woman at knife point in Anchorage in July 2015. Matthews’ indictment resulted from a hit on a DNA database called CODIS. Matthews was indicted on one count of sexual assault in the first degree and one count of assault in the third degree.

In July 2015, the Anchorage Police Department received a report from a woman that she had been sexually assaulted at knife point after attempting to hitchhike from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. The woman could not identify the suspect so the investigation was suspended until the State Crime Lab provided notification of the CODIS hit in October 2016.

If convicted, Matthews faces a sentence of up to 99 years for the alleged sexual assault and up to five years for the assault. Matthews was taken into custody this morning. He is being held on $100,000 cash performance bail, $100,000 cash or corporate bail and he must be released to a third party custodian. He is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court on Monday, December 19, 2016. If you have information about Matthews, please contact the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8600. You can provide information anonymously through Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or go online to www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

The charges in the indictment are only an allegation and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CODIS is the Combined DNA Index System which contains DNA profiles from persons arrested or convicted of certain criminal offenses. The CODIS database also contains DNA profiles from crime scene samples.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov. More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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