DNA links Burlington man to sexual assault for 2nd time


Xavier Slade

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police say DNA evidence has linked a Burlington man to a sexual assault for the second time in less than one year.

Police said they received notification this week that a DNA sample taken from a sexual assault that occurred on Broad Street in March 2011 matched that of 35-year-old Xavier Sheriff Slade.

The victim in the assault, a 61-year-old woman, was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Slade, who was already in jail in connection with a separate but similar incident, was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual offense, first-degree burglary, and larceny after breaking and entering.

He was served with the charges on Thursday and received an additional $500,000 secured bond.

Police said DNA evidence previously matched Slade to a similar sexual assault that happened on West Davis Street in October 2010.  He was jailed for the 2010 incident on May 16, 2011.

Investigators noted the similarities in the 2010 case and the 2011 case, prompting them to examine the DNA that allowed them to identify Slade as the suspect in the 2011 case, police said.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.

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