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Teen charged with robbery, rape near Metrolink station after DNA clears suspect

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(KMOV.com) -- A man has been charged with raping and robbing a woman after she left a train station in East St. Louis. The charges come just weeks after DNA evidence cleared a suspect initially arrested in the case.

Dominic Hood, 18, was charged Monday with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 33-year-old East St. Louis woman after she got off the MetroLink Emerson Park station about 12:45 a.m. on Jan. 29.

Police said the woman was walking in the 1700 block of Parson’s Place when Hood stuck a gun in her back and demanded money.

His arrest comes two weeks after the first suspect, Marlon Miller, was cleared and released.

Miller was released from jail two weeks ago after a DNA test showed he didn’t rape the woman. He says he confessed to robbing the victim only after he was beaten by an East St. Louis cop.

Illinois State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly on Friday charged Hood, marking the third time in a little over a year that he has been charged with a felony.

When Hood was arrested last week for the rape, he was out on bond for an aggravated robbery. Last November, he pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a different case, and was sentenced to probation.

Hood is being held in the St. Clair County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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