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Backlog hit leads to third rape charge against man

Nicholas Williams, 26 (MDC)

A DNA match from a rape kit that was finally tested led Albuquerque police to arrest a man who they say raped a woman at gunpoint almost four years ago. That same man was already charged in two similar rapes in the past year.

Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said detectives arrested Nicolas Williams, 26, Wednesday for the second time this month.

“Today’s arrest was based on DNA evidence that matched a 2015 rape case,” he said.

Williams face one count of kidnapping and five counts of criminal sexual penetration in the spring 2015 rape of a woman at gunpoint.

This is the third rape Williams has been charged with. He was indicted on Monday for criminal sexual penetration and kidnapping in connection with the armed rape of a woman outside a park in the southeast Albuquerque. Williams was also charged in the December rape of a woman at knife point but prosecutors dismissed the case — with the ability to re-file — because they weren’t able to reach the victim.

Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office spokesman Michael Patrick said there is a “strong indication” that there is a fourth victim.

“Our investigation has been leading to the fact that there might be four or more out there,” he said.

The most recent charges stem from a case that is much older.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, a woman called police to report being raped in late March 2015.

The woman told police she was working as a prostitute near Central and Wyoming when Williams picked her up in a tan SUV.

Police say the woman asked “if she was safe with him, and he said that she was” before driving her to Route 66 Bingo, near Juan Tabo and Central.

The woman told police Williams put a gun to her head and said “I do this all the time, I cannot orgasm without raping” before raping her repeatedly.

Afterward police say she filed a report. DNA was collected, and the rape kit was sent to the crime lab.

Fast forward almost four years, and police say the testing of that rape kit came back as a match for Williams.

Detectives tracked down the woman and she identified Williams as her rapist.

“She immediately recognized the man … and she began to cry when she saw his picture,” a detective wrote.

The woman also told them she saw Williams in recent news reports and on the “Bad Guy List,” distributed by Street Safe New Mexico, which lists men who are known to be abusive to women.

Christine Barber, Director of Street Safe New Mexico, said Williams profile has been popping up on the list as far back as 2015, with at least ten women reported having been raped by him.

“We’ve known about him for a long time,” she said. “He’s a serial rapist, he’s one of many.”

Barber said they currently have six serial rapists on the “Bad Guy List” but is relieved that some of them, like Williams and Timothy Bachicha, are being caught.

“Before that they never got arrested, they just went away,” she said.

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