An Asheville man was arrested Friday and charged with rape almost 10 years after the crime thanks to a police department program to test all rape kits, according to the Asheville Police Department.
Jacob Allison Hoots, 35, of East Flat Rock, was charged with second-degree rape for an incident that occurred in 2011, police public information officer Christina Hallingse said.
The department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative received a Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, hit after the sexual assault evidence collection kit was processed, Hallingse said.
The hit provided investigators with Hoots’ name, according to Hallingse.
Investigators with the department’s Special Victims Unit began the process of building a case.
After a lengthy investigation, probable cause was established to charge Hoots with second-degree rape, Hallingse said.
Hoots was taken into custody by members of the Henderson County Probation and Parole Office during an unrelated, routine visit with one of their probationers, according to Hallingse.
Hoots is currently being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on an $80,000 bond.
The Asheville Police Department has submitted 434 sexual assault evidence collection kits as a part of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Hallingse said.