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Rape Suspect Arrested By Police In Drexel Hill

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An elderly woman who was sexually assaulted in her home by an intruder back in September can rest a little bit easier.

On Thursday, police were able to make a CODIS match between DNA evidence collected and the DNA profile of convicted offender, Robert Ashley, of Pennsylvania.

Ashley, who was arrested in Drexel Hill on Friday, reportedly confessed to assaulting the victim and taking an undetermined amount of money from the victim’s residence.

The original incident occurred around 12:10 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2011, when the 81-year-old female called and told police she had been asleep on the second floor in the bedroom of her house and was awakened by the suspect on top of her. The man physically and sexually assaulted her, but she was able to push him off, and he then fled the residence.

The victim also notified police that her bedroom had been ransacked.

Robert Ashley, 55, of S Divinity Street, has been charged with Rape, Robbery and related offenses. He had four prior arrests, one of which was for a sexual assault.

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  • AJ

    This SOB is the one who viciously assaulted my dearest relative. who is your typical Christian church going grandmother. While I and other in the family want to do to him , well you can imagine. The victim prays for this SOB soul.
    The public support and kindness have been appreciated.

    • Tray

      My prayers for you and your family. This man deserves to be castrated. What’s even more infuriating is that he was even walking the streets. Our justice system stinks.

  • Alex

    If I had a grandmother, she would look just like the rape victim.

    If I had a daughter, she would look just like the lovely ballerina run down this week.

    If I had an Uncle, he would look just like the Veteran than was beaten by a pack of teens.

  • Bo

    So sad. If I had a grandmother alive, she would look like the victim.

  • H a y t e r F a n 2 3

    I’m glad they got the old skittle.

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