In 2007, the Cook County States Attorney, State of Illinois Police and The Cook County Sheriff's Department raided the Village of Harvey police station in search of lost evidence of serious crimes that had gone unsolved for years. Approximately 200 rape kits were recovered from the basement of the police station. None of the rape kits recovered had been tested. One of the rape kits recovered led to charges in a rape that occurred in 2004. The DNA recovered from that rape kit led to a hit in a national computer database. The individual, currently in custody on an unrelated drug charge, was brought to Cook County where bond was set at $1.5 million. The individual arrested has an extensive criminal record having previously been convicted of weapon and drug charges. The evidence seized from the raids of the Harvey police station has already lead to dozens of arrests and charges in murder cases, shootings and rape cases.
At least one investigator continues to work on the evidence seized from the raids.
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