2011-05-13 / Top Stories

Two Decades For DNA Rapist

By Nicholas Briano

A Far Rockaway resident was sentenced last Friday in Queens Criminal Court to 21 years in prison for the gunpoint rape of two women in separate incidents in Far Rockaway in 2009, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Arverne native Malcolm Johnson, 25, was apprehended after DNA evidence he left at one of the crime scenes was tested and was matched to his DNA profile, in the New York State DNA database, which he was ordered to submit following a 2005 conviction for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He pleaded guilty last month to two counts of first-degree rape. “DNA has become one of law enforce- ment’s most important tools. It is to criminal investigations today what fingerprints have been in the past. It is virtually foolproof,” DA Brown said in a statement. “It identifies the guilty and excludes the innocent and thus should be expanded to include all convictions. As a result of the DNA match in this case the defendant pleaded guilty and today was sentenced to a lengthy term behind bars.”

According to the criminal complaints, Johnson approached a 25-year-old woman from behind as she was walking along the street at approximately 3:10 a.m. on the morning of October 27, 2009, and then jumped in front of her, pointing a handgun at her and telling her that she would not be hurt if she cooperated with him. He then dragged her to the rear of a nearby church parking lot at 330 Beach 67 Street and demanded her money and cell phone. When she stated that she did not have a cell phone, Johnson took $15 from her and then demanded that she take off her clothes. He then donned latex gloves and a condom and raped her.

At approximately 5:15 a.m., on the following morning, Johnson approached a 21-year-old woman and grabbed her arm and pointed a handgun at her. He then led her at gunpoint to 364 Beach 56 Street, where he took her up in the elevator to the sixth floor before entering the stairway and leading her up to the roof landing. Once there he instructed her to remove her pants and donned latex gloves and raped her. Afterwards, he grabbed the woman’s pocketbook, containing cash, a bank card and personal papers, and fled.

Investigations led to the discovery of that condom a block away from the October 27 crime scene. It contained DNA evidence belonging to both the defendant and the victim.

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