Kamloops RCMP crack cold case

By Chad Harris
November 27, 2015 - 12:21pm Updated: November 27, 2015 - 3:25pm

KAMLOOPS -- Six years after a terrifying sexual assault in Kamloops' McArthur Island Park, a suspect has finally been charged. 

Kamloops RCMP Corporal Cheryl Bush says the sex assault happened on Remembrance Day, 2009. "The male allegedly picked up the victim on Tranquille Road, and offered to drive her home. While en route to drive her home the male took her into McArthur Island Park, presented a firearm and sexually assault her before departing in the vehicle."

Kamloops RCMP's Serious Crime Unit investigators kept the file alive until they finally made a breakthrough.  

A DNA match was found through the National DNA Database, and on Wednesday issued a Canada wide arrest warrant for Taylor James Howard Matchett. Matchett was arrested in Edmonton yesterday afternoon.

Bush says he will face charges of Sexual Assault with a Weapon, and Use of an Imitation Firearm in the Commission of an Offense.

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