Suspect Arrested in Sexual Assault Cold Case


Charlotte, N.C. – (Wednesday, September 15, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Cold Case Unit have charged David Earl Allen, DOB: 11/22/1971, as the offender in a sexual assault investigation from October of 1998.

On October 16, 1998, the victim, who was 48-years-old at the time of the offense, reported to police that an unknown suspect pushed her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her.  The victim was treated at a nearby hospital, and a sexual assault kit was completed.  A report was completed under 19981016-0640-00.

In 2004, a DNA profile was obtained from the original evidence collected in 1998. In 2020, detectives with CMPD's Cold Case Unit were alerted about a DNA match after Allen had been arrested in Michigan for an unrelated crime.  After a laboratory review, the DNA analysis was confirmed, and warrants were issued for Allen's arrest.

In August of 2021, Allen was arrested in Sacramento, CA, with the assistance of CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT). Allen has since been extradited to Mecklenburg County and charged with 1st Degree Kidnapping, and 2nd Degree Attempted Rape.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.  As additional information becomes available, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to leave it anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or