A man already locked up in a Missouri prison has been implicated in the rape of five females during the 1980s.
One of the victims was 13 years old, according to court documents.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday that she has filed nine felony charges against Ozie Banks, 55. Baker said DNA technology led to the charges in these cold cases between 1986 and 1989.
Banks was charged with five counts of forcible rape, three counts of forcible sodomy and one count of first-degree robbery. One of the rapes was in 1986 while the remainder were in 1989.
Banks is accused of breaking into five Midtown homes and raping the women and the girl.
He threatened their lives with a knife or threatened to kill them or their family members, Baker said.
Banks is now in a state prison serving 30 years for forcible rape and sodomy. That crime was committed in a similar area on March 22, 1986.
Banks was charged in that case in 2004 and convicted in 2009. His first parole hearing in that case was set for November 2018.
In 1986, a then 40-year-old woman told police that she and her 5-year-old son had come home. She said she went to bed and woke up to a man on top of her, holding her down and choking her. He ripped her clothes off and raped her, according to court records.
Clothing and bedding was taken into evidence from the scene and stored. In 2005, a hair from a bed sheet matched Banks. In 2006, he refused to discuss the issue.
On July 14, 1989, a 24-year-old woman told police that she was raped.
"The victim stated she was awakened by police placing a pillow case over her eyes, his hand over her mouth and threatening her with a pair of scissors," according to court documents.
The rapist threatened to kill her baby, according to court records. The woman reported the sexual assault and was taken to the hospital for treatment and a rape kit. A match was made in 20011 to Banks.
On Aug. 21, 1989, a 24-year-old woman reported that she was raped by a man who pressed a knife to her throat. He threatened to kill her if she screamed. The man repeatedly raped the woman, according to court documents.
The woman went to the hospital and a rape kit was performed. DNA from the kit was matched to Banks in December 2010.
On Sept. 6, 1989, a 13-year-old girl reported that she was raped. She said she woke up to the man in her bed and assaulting her.
"After the suspect finished, he told the victim, 'If you move before your Mommy comes, I will come back and kill both of you.'" The victim stated the suspect then placed something under the victim's nose and forced her to inhale three to four times. The victim stated it had a strong odor and made her light-headed. The suspect then left the victim's residence."
The child was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital where a rape kit was performed. In November 2010, a match was made to Banks.
On Sept. 26, 1989, a 41-year-old woman said she was raped by a man who attacked her after she was getting out of her bathtub. The man was armed with a knife and threatened her. He also forced her to cover her face with her nightgown, according to court records.
The suspect told the woman he had been watching her and knew where she worked. He threatened to return if she called police. He also robbed the woman of her credit cards and cash.
The woman was taken to the hospital where a rape kit was performed. In December 2010, a match was made to Banks, according to court records.
In 2011, Banks refused to discuss the case.
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