Cold case division solves rape four years old

POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 5:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 9:50am

The cold case division formed just a few months ago, is dedicated solely to re-opening cold cases and hopefully solving them.

The arrest of Anthony Smith for an alleged rape almost four years ago is the first victory for the newly formed cold case division.

"People might think we forgot, or put it on the back burner, and we don't. we continuously go back and investigate all our old crimes and try to bring them to some sort of resolve for the victims," Cpl. Tommy Stubbs with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

And with over 300 cold cases on file solving these crimes can be the final step in healing for a victim or their family.

“When they're not able to hold the person accountable that does this, then they feel a greater sense of loss of power and control. which can be quite devastating," Nicole Gillum, a social worker specializing in sexual trauma specialist, said.

Gillum said there's also an added benefit to solving rape cold cases.

"Usually many perpetrators have an average of seven victims before they're caught. So if we're identifying cold cases or perpetrators though this process then we are potentially taking people off the streets who have hurt others," Gillum said.

Though the cold case unit is only a few months old, police said they've got high hopes for the division and what it give to families who have already suffered at the hands of criminals.

"Families need some kind of answer, and it's up to us to give it to them. Whether or not it be today, tomorrow or ten years from now," Stubbs said.

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