"Since the incident they [police] have been analyzing everything, and they found this evidence linking him to the crime," said a spokeswoman for the DA's office.
The 19-year-old York student was walking home from school when she encountered Littlejohn, who allegedly was posing as a law enforcement official, on 107th Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway, the DA's office said. After asking to see her identification, Littlejohn allegedly grabbed the woman, took her into his van, handcuffed her, and beat her when she tried to fight back, the DA's office said.
The woman then escaped from the van, still handcuffed, as Littlejohn tried to drive away, the DA said.
Littlejohn, 41, of 166th Street, was later arrested in March 2006 on a parole violation after police linked him to the murder of Imette St. Guillen, a John Jay graduate student who was found raped and murdered in Brooklyn in February that year. Littlejohn had been the bouncer at "The Falls," a SoHo bar where St. Guillen was last seen before she disappeared, and an extensive investigation found many DNA links between Littlejohn and the crime, including his blood on the ties used to bind the woman, police said.
He was indicted on March 23, 2006 for St. Guillen's rape and murder and is currently pending trial in Brooklyn Criminal Court. A pretrial hearing is set for September 11th according to a spokesperson for the Brooklyn DA's office.
The notoriety of the St. Guillien case prompted the York student to go to the police and identify Littlejohn as her attacker, a spokeswoman from the DA's office said. He was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court in April 2006 on several charges, including kidnapping and criminal impersonation, the DA said. He is set to return to Queens Criminal Court on those charges on Sept. 19, the DA's office said.
Littlejohn had a long criminal recording prior to the murder, including felony, gun, and drug convictions, the DA's office said. After police arrested him, District Attorney Richard Brown ordered Littlejohn to be placed in a lineup as part of a criminal investigation into the sexual assault of a Forest Hills woman in October 2005.
The incident involved a 22-year-old who was abducted from 66th Avenue by a man who handcuffed her and threw her into a van, the DA's office said. The victim was then raped and dumped on the street.
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