A soldier from Fort Bragg has been charged with the brutal kidnapping and rape of a 16-year-old.
The case took place in Harris County, North Carolina, in 2013, but the charge happened on Feb. 13, 2018, after a DNA test linked Levi Goss, 24, to the cold case last month.
The attack took place on Feb. 5, five years ago, when a 16-year-old girl was walking near Cypress Woods High School.
She told authorities at the time that she was ambushed and hit on the head by a masked man with an axe.
She told investigators that the man dragged her into a field and sexually assaulted her, reported KHOU.
She said she played dead, even though she was bleeding from the head, and the perpetrator left. She then managed to walk to a nearby movie theater for help, and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
The DNA match came in December from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory for a military offender, according to KPRC2. A witness at the time who was shown a photo of Goss said that they saw the suspect at a gas station near the scene of the crime.
The witness said that they saw Goss with a grey shirt and that he entered the bathroom for a long period of time. The next day, a man’s grey shirt, covered with blood, was found in a trash can inside the bathroom.
Goss was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping in the case, reported KPRC2.
The Army said in a statement to the broadcaster that they were cooperating with police.
“Private First Class Levi Goss, an All American Paratrooper, is in civilian confinement,” the statement said.
“He is under investigation by civilian law enforcement for an allegation that may predate his military service. We are cooperating with civilian law enforcement in this matter.”