Deputies: Sexual assault suspect linked to crime through DNA

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Investigators say they linked a sexual assault suspect to the crime using DNA evidence.

Jonathan Owens, 26, is behind bars in the Macon County Jail over a year after deputies say he assaulted a woman in Decatur. They say he and the woman were watching movies together for two nights in May of 2017 before Owens became forceful.

A sworn statement says the woman told Owens “no” and swatted his hand away when he kept trying to put his hand down her pants on May 10, 2017. Deputies say he forced her down and sexually assaulted her after taking off her clothes while she continued to tell him to stop.

He then put himself between her and the door to stop her from leaving, deputies say, before eventually letting her go.

The statement says deputies later talked with Owens over the phone about the sexual assault accusations. They say he laughed and denied knowing the woman when asked about what happened.

On March 15, 2018, state police told deputies in a report they found semen in the woman’s underwear, which revealed a “known association” to Owens when they put it through a DNA index. Deputies also took a DNA sample from Owens when executing a search warrant on May 10, 2018.

Deputies arrested Owens on Tuesday. He’s facing a criminal sexual assault charge. His bond is set at $100,000.

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