At the time, the suspect was described as a slender white male with brown hair, a strong cologne and a heavy Southern accent, said Officer Tyler Reik, a spokesman for the Coral Springs Police Department.
DNA collected at the scene was later sent to a crime lab, but the technology available at the time did not identify a suspect, police said Friday.
The case went cold — until the victim reached out to the police in March after she saw stories of how investigators are using DNA to solve cases.
Investigators reviewing evidence as part of a cold case initiative sent some items to the Broward Sheriff’s Office crime lab for processing using updated technology. On June 27, detectives determined a DNA sample from the victim’s clothing belonged to convicted criminal Timothy Norris, police said.
Norris, who is serving a federal sentence in West Virginia for armed bank robbery, has been charged with sexual battery with a weapon and is awaiting extradition to Florida.
Suspect has prior assault arrests
The 60-year-old has prior arrests for aggravated assault, assault on a female and kidnapping, authorities said.
Coral Springs is about 50 miles from Miami.