Los Angeles police investigators Wednesday credited a sophisticated, computerized fingerprint identification system based in Sacramento with helping to catch a 26-year-old man suspected of kidnaping and raping a Sherman Oaks woman more than four years ago.
The suspect, Charles Miles Jr., was arrested late Tuesday night in Santa Monica, Detective George Salazar said. When Santa Monica police learned that Miles was wanted in the San Fernando Valley, he was transferred to Van Nuys Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $80,000 bail, Salazar said.
Details on what led to Miles' arrest were not available Wednesday.
The attack on the 28-year-old woman took place on Nov. 17, 1981, Salazar said, when three men approached the victim as she arrived home. After forcing her back into her car, the men drove her to south Los Angeles, where she was raped and dumped out of the car, he said.
Police lifted a fingerprint from the car but were unable to determine whose it was until last October, when investigators entered the print into the state's computerized identification system, according to Lt. Al Durrer. When it was determined that the print belonged to Miles, a warrant was issued for his arrest.