Fairfax Police announce arrest after 22-year-old raped in 1988

Two brothers are accused of kidnapping and raping a 22-year-old girl as she left work in August of 1988.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — An Arlington man has been arrested in connection to a 1988 rape case. He and his brother are accused of kidnapping and raping a 22-year-old girl as she left work at Skyline Mall on Leesburg Pike.

Fairfax County Police say George Thomas Jr. is charged with two counts of rape, sodomy and abduction for a sexual assault that occurred at 10:40 p.m. on August 24, 1988. 

Investigators say George Thomas Jr. and the late Gregory Allen Thomas of Arlington approached the 22-year-old girl as she left work, attacked her and compelled her to get in her automotive and drive to a secluded wooded space. 

As soon as there, investigators say the 2 males raped her. Police say the 2 males then pressured her to drive to a different location, and raped her once more.

“It’s a horrible, tragic and profoundly horrifying collection of a occasions” mentioned Fairfax County Police Main Ed O’Carroll throughout a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Fairfax County Police say the lady was in a position to escape in her automotive and name police.

Main O’Carroll say they recovered an “ample quantity of forensic proof” from the scene, together with fingerprints from her automotive.

The sufferer was additionally in a position to present investigators particulars about certainly one of her attackers and shortly after, police put out a composite sketch of a potential suspect.

Regardless of the heaps of forensic proof submitted to native and nationwide information banks over the many years, a produced sketch and the “many ideas that had been adopted up on,” based on police, an arrest was by no means made. 

Nonetheless, the case was additionally by no means forgotten and hope for a growth was not misplaced.

“Because the years handed the FCPD by no means forgot about this case” mentioned Main O’Carroll

In 2020 they acquired a break within the case. Investigators say a FCPD fingerprint examiner recognized fingerprints discovered within the sufferer’s car to new arrest data on file in Alexandria.

Investigators say one of many fingerprints was linked to Gregory Allen Thomas, who died in 2009. Police wouldn’t elaborate on how he died.

Police say a second fingerprint recovered from the car, belonged to his brother, George Thomas Jr. 

FCPD says detectives obtained Gregory Allen Thomas’ blood card from the medical expert and say DNA evaluation confirmed Gregory Allen Thomas was concerned within the 1988 sexual assault. 

Investigators say that’s after they found he had an older brother, George Thomas Jr. 

“He might need smoked his final cigar they usually’re not giving cigars out on the jail” mentioned Main O’Carroll when requested how they obtained the older brother’s DNA.

“We witnessed him discard one thing, we collected it, did forensics proof. If it wasn’t a match we might have moved on. It was a match. He raped our sufferer in 1988” mentioned Main O’Carroll.

On Monday, deputies with america Marshals Service and Metro Transit Police arrested George Thomas Jr. on the Friendship Heights Metro station in Maryland.

“We did interview him. He made no assertion to us that he was concerned. Made a declare that he had no concept what we had been speaking about. I encourage to vary. My detectives beg to vary. The proof is ample and clear” mentioned Main O’Carroll.

Police say he is charged with two counts of rape, one rely of sodomy and one rely of abduction. 

“To our survivor, I am sorry you endured this vicious crime so a few years in the past” mentioned Main O’Carroll on Tuesday. He says they by no means misplaced hope to find her justice.

“Developments in know-how permit us to revisit circumstances many years outdated with the sources at our disposal. Irrespective of the time that has handed, our detectives {and professional} employees will all the time battle for solutions, decision, and a few measure of justice for these effected by these crimes” mentioned Main O’Carroll.

“You reside these circumstances with the sufferer for years and years” mentioned now retired, FCPD Detective Dick Cline.

“It does provide you with a way of resolve to lastly have some closure for this sufferer” mentioned Cline.

Fairfax County Police say the 2 males could have been concerned in different circumstances within the Northern Virginia space, and ask anybody with info to return ahead.

“You can be believed” mentioned Main O’Carroll.

 Anybody trying to report an analogous offense can name 703-246-7800, possibility 8.

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