VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - The cold case is concerning a sexual assault in 2008. It happened around Thanksgiving. According to police, a man entered an apartment on West Saint Clair Street in Vincennes. After entering the apartment, that man sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman. The Vincennes Police Department released composites and renewed its efforts in January.
Vincennes Police chief Robert Dunham says, "I'm glad to let everybody know that yesterday our offender was picked up on a warrant on the charges from Knox county. He was picked up in Polk County Florida."
Police say around 100 tips came into the department since the beginning of the year. Those tips and DNA evidence led Vincennes Police to Gustav Ryburn. Ryburn is now awaiting extradition to Knox County from Polk county Florida.
Sargent Stacey Reese explains, "Through those leads, we were able to generate a person of interest who was Mr. Ryburn. We then began investigating Mr. Ryburn and we were able to come up with enough probable cause to lead to his arrest."
Tuesday's announcement was attended by current and former investigators related to the cold case. Someone who was absent from the meeting was the victim of the sexual assault. VPD isn't naming the victim. Current case investigator Sargent Stacey Reese read a statement provided from her.
Reese read the victim's statement, "She wants everyone to know she is thankful for all of their help. She hopes that justice will be done in this case and that this man never sees that outside of a prison cell again. She wants you to know that she is a survivor and she will continue to survive and thrive in life and overcome all the obstacles that this brought to her."
Ryburn's extradition to Knox county could come within the week.