Police this afternoon announced a positive DNA match linking Jose Carrasquillo, 26, to the brutal rape of an 11-year-old Kensington girl last week.
At a news conference, police officials said the ex-con - who was arrested in Kensington last Tuesday after a mob pounced on him as he walked on the street - will be charged in the case.
The girl was attacked on the morning of June 1, shortly after she had dropped off her sister at a day-care center and began walking along the 3300 block of Kensington Avenue. The girl told police that her attacker had said he had a gun and forced her to walk to the 2000 block of East Westmoreland Street, where he attacked her behind a house.
The attack was so severe that the girl was hospitalized at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and required surgery.
Earlier, police had said they had recovered evidence at the scene that linked Carrasquillo to the crime but were waiting for DNA results to proceed with the case.
Carrasquillo, who has a long record of drug convictions, was arrested shortly after police identified him as "a person of interest," and distributed his name and mug shot to residents in the Kensington area and the news media.