Dropped I.D., DNA Led Police To Rape Suspect


When she woke up, a woman saw a man she didn’t know at the foot of her bed. On Friday, that man was in court, accused of raping her. A judge says, if the allegations are true, 38-year-old Donald Bolan Junior is a significant threat to the community. 

Sioux Falls Police arrested him Thursday night, after a woman reported the crime in early January. 

Judge Eric Johnson set Bolan’s bond at $250,000 cash. He faces charges for burglary and rape. Court papers outline the three pieces of evidence that led officers right to Bolan.

Court papers say when Bolan left the scene of the alleged crime on January 5, he dropped a few things, and left behind some clues.

Two days later, court papers say children found Bolan’s I.D. at a playground area nearby. Then someone else found a cell phone in a gray case. That case allegedly contained Bolan’s social security card and medical insurance card. 

“This one was a little bit unusual that the victim did not know the suspect at all,” Sam Clemens said.

According to court papers, the survivor says she woke up to a stranger in her bedroom who hit her head against her headboard and raped her.

Court papers say the suspect called her by a different name and mentioned an ex-boyfriend. She told him that wasn’t her name and she didn’t know the ex-boyfriend he mentioned. She told police the suspect panicked, and said, “Oh, my God. I’m in the wrong place!” and then he left. 

In addition to the I.D. on the playground and other evidence found nearby, investigators found DNA at the scene. 

“When they ran that, there was a match that popped up, so, his DNA was already on file for something,” Clemens said. 

KELOLAND News found Bolan’s criminal record to see why his DNA is on file. Court papers show past charges for burglary, drugs, identity theft and credit card fraud. He’s served prison time in South Dakota and has criminal records in Minnesota and Iowa. 

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