gaveldecision.jpgA man has been convicted of kidnapping and rape charges in a cold hit case from 2001, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Damien McCartney, 37, was convicted by a San Francisco Superior Court jury on Friday of two counts of kidnapping to commit rape, two counts of rape, and other sexual assault charges, as well as an allegation that he used a deadly weapon during the attack, prosecutors said.

According to evidence presented at the two-and-a-half week trial, early on the morning of Oct. 4, 2001, the female victim went to a bus stop at Mission and Oliver streets in the city’s Outer Mission neighborhood.

McCartney approached her, dragged her away and assaulted her, according to the district attorney’s office.

In 2006, a match was made between McCartney’s DNA and the DNA found at the scene, but the case could not be prosecuted because the victim could not be located.

Three years later, McCartney was arrested in Santa Clara County in an unrelated case.

A lieutenant in the San Francisco Police Department’s sex crimes detail noticed the arrest and looked again for the victim. She was found and the rape case was filed, prosecutors said.

McCartney will return to court on June 21 to set a date for his sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of 110 years to life in state prison.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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