2nd arrest made in back-alley rape of unconscious woman

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • York City Police say Stephen M. Brown was linked to the rape through a national DNA database.

A West Manchester Township man whose DNA allegedly links him to the back-alley rape of an unconscious woman three years ago has been captured.

He's the second man to be arrested in the 2014 assault, police said.

Stephen Michael Brown, 29, of the 2000 block of Stanton Street, is now charged with rape of an unconscious victim, sexual assault and indecent exposure.

Stephen Michael Brown

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force arrested him Friday, Aug. 4, in the 700 block of South Queen Street, according to the marshals service.

Charging documents filed by York City Police on Thursday. Aug. 3, state that officers were called to the rear of the 200 block of East Prospect Street about 2 a.m. May 10, 2014.

The caller reported seeing two men dragging a woman to the area, documents state.

The allegations: Arriving officers spotted Victor Jose Matos, with his shirt off and his pants partially down around his legs, leaning over an unconscious 23-year-old woman, according to police, who said it appeared he was either having sex or trying to have sex with her.

Police stopped him, questioned him and later charged him with attempted rape of an unconscious person, attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure.

Matos, 26, of York, remains in York County Prison. He has a pretrial conference in York County Court scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8, according to court records.

The alleged victim had trouble standing and speaking at the scene and was taken to York Hospital for treatment and a rape examination, police said.

Drank tequila: The woman told police she'd been drinking tequila at a York City bar the night of the incident and had no recollection of anything after drinking at the bar, documents state.

Her blood-alcohol level was later determined to be 0.216 percent, which is more than 2½ times the legal limit for driving in Pennsylvania.

DNA testing was done on evidence collected during the rape examination that links Matos to the crime, according to police.

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A second DNA sample collected was run through a national DNA database, and on July 12 police were notified it matched the DNA of Brown, charging documents allege.

No consent, cops say: The young woman told detectives she doesn't know Brown or Matos and never agreed to have sex with either man, police said.

It is unclear whether Brown has retained an attorney.

He was arraigned Friday, Aug. 4, by District Judge Ron Haskell Jr., who set bail at $70,000, according to court records.

Brown was unable to post bail.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.