Newly tested DNA evidence has resulted in a fugitive chase for a man accused of raping a 77-year-old woman back in 2003.
Wesley Bernard Gordon has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of an elderly victim and is on the run.
HPD says he hid in the victim's apartment in the 3800 block of North Braeswood about 8 p.m. on August 8, 2003. HPD says Gordon is the "suspect" described in the official version of the incident:
The victim "had just returned from a neighborhood store, and was seated in the dining room of the apartment when an unknown assailant grabbed the victim from behind, and dragged her to the bedroom. There, the suspect repeatedly beat the victim in order to stop her screams. The suspect bound the victim's hands with a cord, and removed her clothing. The unidentified male sexually assaulted the victim as she prayed for help. Before leaving the apartment, the suspect stole the victim's cash and purse."
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On September 21, evidence from the assault was newly tested and led to Gordon.
Anyone with information about the location of the fugitive is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the arrest of the fugitive in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.