Evanston police have arrested a suspect in the rape last May of a Northwestern University student.

Deputy Police Chief Joseph Bellino said in a news release that DNA analysis of evidence in the case by the state police crime lab led to the identification of Darryl Deshawn Preston, 24, as a “tentative match.”

Deputy Chief Bellino said police found Mr. Preston at 2108 Dewey Ave. in Evanston through a pawn shop receipt showing his name at that address.

Following questioning by detectives at the police station Friday, the state’s attorney’s office approved charges against Mr. Preston of home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and residential burglary.

He was ordered held on $750,000 bond at a hearing Saturday before Judge James Karahalios. He’s tentatively scheduled to be back in court in Skokie for another hearing on Aug. 16.

The 22-year-old NU student was attacked about 11:25 p.m. on May 8 as she was entering the front door of her apartment building in the 1200 block of Simpson St.

Police say the offender forced her into the building, demanded money, raped her and left her with her hands tied behind her back with a telephone cord.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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