Montgomery detectives make arrests in decades-old rape cases with DNA
By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 22, 2010; 8:51 PM
Montgomery County detectives have made arrests in rape cases dating to 1981 and 1984, officials said Monday, by tracking down suspects through DNA samples taken from decades-old evidence.
One of the suspects, Hubert Allan Marlin, 53, was arrested in Bethesda over the weekend after spending parts of the past 26 years in Michigan, Oregon and Texas, a police spokesman said. Detectives received a tip about where he was staying in Bethesda. They staked out a parked car and arrested Marlin as he tried to get in the vehicle, said Cpl. Dan Friz, a police spokesman.
The second suspect, Joseph Nickens, 54, was picked up by officers in Los Angeles on Nov. 3. Montgomery police flew to California to retrieve him, and by Monday morning he was booked into the county jail, Friz said.
Detectives credited a federal grant that is allowing them to use old evidence for new DNA tests.
"That's becoming our bread and butter," said Detective Ed Golian of Montgomery's cold-case squad.