Roberto Noyola-Espinal, 37, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and home invasion in the case. Prosecutors said DNA evidence collected at the scene of the Feb. 7, 1999, crime pointed police to Noyola-Espinal, according to the news release.
A DNA profile on the suspect was entered into the federal Combined DNA Index System and in October 2013, CODIS hit on the DNA collected at the scene of the crime and Noyola-Espinal was extradited from his home on Feb. 27 and brought to DuPage County.
“I would like to applaud the tenacity of the fine men and women of the Lisle Police Department,” said DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin. “For the better part of fourteen years they never gave up in their pursuit of justice in this case. They have done an outstanding job and for that I sincerely thank them. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Fisher for his work in holding Mr. Noyola-Espinal responsible for his actions.”
Noyola-Espinal is accused of knocking at the patio door of the Lisle apartment of the then-63-year-old woman and when the woman answered, prosecutors said Noyola-Espinal forced the door open and entered the apartment, according to the news release.
Once inside the apartment, Noyola-Espinal is accused of physically and sexually assaulting the woman and then fleeing the scene. The woman then went to her neighbor’s home and called the police.
Noyola-Espinal is next expected in court on March 31.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.