Vice detectives on Tuesday arrested a 61-year-old man suspected of involvement in the abuse of a then eight-year-old girl in Amsterdam in 2008, reports AT5 Wednesday. New DNA testing led to his arrest.
The girl was on her way home from a neighborhood party on June 21, 2008. A man on a bicycle managed to lure her into the bushes in Molenwijk in the Amsterdam Noord district. She was subsequently sexually assaulted.
The man managed to escape. An extensive investigation was immediately started. Despite this investigation and much media attention, a suspect was never arrested. The investigation did reveal a suspect who had been convicted of similar offenses in Zaandam, but there was no conclusive evidence.
Recently, new DNA techniques have accelerated the matter. Detectives from the Amsterdam cold case team, together with the Netherlands Forensic Institute, were able to establish the identity of the suspect.
It concerns a man who has previously been convicted of sex offenses. He is currently in detention and will be heard.