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Salisbury Man Convicted in 1999 Rape Cold Case


SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury Police have made a conviction in a 1999 rape in the area of Isabella Street.

Christopher Gibbs Jr., 52, of Salisbury, was convicted Monday of second-degree rape and related charges. Police say his sentencing will occur on a later date.

According to the Salisbury Police Department, the charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 22, 1999. Officers say Gibbs forced himself into a woman's apartment at knifepoint as she was coming home from work and sexually assaulted her. Officers say Gibbs also cut a phone cord from the wall and stole the victim's purse and keys before leaving the apartment.

The victim was treated at PRMC, and evidence was sent to Maryland State Police Crime Lab, police said. Although Salisbury Police could not identify the attacker at the time, his DNA was uploaded onto the FBI's Combined DNA Index System. Last year Salisbury Police were notified that the DNA collected during the investigation matched that of Gibbs.

Wicomico County State's Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended those involved in the investigation and prosecution of the case, including Salisbury City Police, the investigating officer, Detective Matthew Thompsen, and the prosecutor, Senior Assistant State's Attorney Kristen Schultz.

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