NC police: ‘Ski-mask Rapist’ caught with DNA evidence 30 years later

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Jerry Lee Brooks (WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced Tuesday that the “Ski-mask Rapist” had been arrested after the cases went unsolved for more than 30 years.

Jerry Lee Brooks, 62, was arrested Tuesday in a rented condo in Surfside Beach, S.C., according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Officials said a cold case unit re-examined the rapes last year, and a DNA match linked Brooks to crimes from 1979. He was indicted Monday on charges including rape, breaking and entering and kidnapping.

Brooks was being held Wednesday in the Horry County, S.C., jail. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney. Police say investigators are examining other rapes to see if Brooks might face more charges.

Records show Brooks was convicted in the 1980s and 90s on charges including breaking and entering, safecracking and embezzlement. He was released from federal prison in 2005.

Credit: The Associated Press.