An arrest was made Monday in the 1996 murder of a 33-year-old woman in the Bronx, NYPD officials said.
Gregory Fleetwood, 66, also of the Bronx, has been arrested for murder in the death of Jasmine Porter. The circumstances surrounding his arrest were not immediately clear, but officials said DNA was key to the investigation as the cold case was solved with a tip and a new DNA match.
According to police, Porter was found dead in the building where she lived on February 5, 1996. Officers found the 33-year-old woman in her Davidson Avenue residence unconscious with trauma to her neck.
Police said on Monday that Fleetwood raped and strangled her in front of her 5-year-old son, with the boy staying in the apartment with his dead mother for an entire day before they were discovered.
The tip the police got led them to test DNA under his Porter’s fingernails, which turned out to match Fleetwood’s. A sample of Fleetwood was already in the police system because he had already been convicted of an eerily similar crime.
In 1987 he was convicted of raping and strangling another woman. He remained behind bars until 1994 when he was released, only to strike again two years later.
Information about Fleetwood’s attorney was not immediately clear.