BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn man is facing up to 25 years in prison after he was convicted in a 1998 cold-case rape with the help of DNA samples that connected him to the crime, the Brooklyn District Attorney said Tuesday.
Johnny Jacob, 45, was found guilty by a Brooklyn Supreme Court jury Monday of rape and criminal sex act after a DNA “cold hit” done in 2013 matched his profile in the New York DNA databank.
“Thanks to the DNA evidence collected at the time of this attack the defendant has now been held accountable for this brutal rape,” acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.
“This case once again underscores the importance of DNA evidence in proving guilt or innocence. I’d also like to commend the victim for having the courage to testify at trial and bring this defendant to justice.”
Jacob approached a 19-year-old woman at the Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street station while she was going to her first day of work on March 2, 1998, prosecutors said.
He threatened to shoot her if she didn’t move to the back of the platform and then raped her, before bringing her outside the station and threatening to kill her if she said anything.
The woman ran to work and told her employer who then called 911. She was taken to Lutheran Hospital where a rape kit was administered.
Jacob’s DNA was entered into the database after he was convicted of federal money laundering in 2007 and sentenced to three years in prison, according to prosecutors and court records.
He was arrested on Oct. 4, 2013 after the DNA hit connected him to semen collected from the rape kit.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in Brooklyn Supreme Court on June 2.
His lawyer did not return an immediate request for comment.