Topeka Man Convicted 19 Years Later

Nineteen years after a woman was raped near Topeka, a man has been convicted of the crime after authorities determined his DNA linked him to the crime.

Pernell Adam Mack Junior was convicted of rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and aggravated criminal sodomy, District Attorney Mike Kagay said in a news release.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Kagay said Mack and another person raped the woman at her home south of Topeka after robbing her and pistol-whipping her.

The investigation did not produce leads to possible suspects at the time, he said.

On February 14, 2020, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said DNA left at the scene connected Mack to the crime, Kagay said.

Mack was arrested and charged in April 2020.

No one else has been arrested in the case.