Kingston Police make arrest in sexual assault cold case from 1994

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A Kingston Police investigation, open for nearly 30 years, has been solved thanks to the location of further forensic evidence.

According to police, the investigation has been open since the sexual assault which occurred in 1994 and was considered a cold case. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, Lawrence Serson, 80 years old from Hamilton, Ontario was arrested by the Kingston Police Major Crime Unit in Hamilton.

In a media release, dated Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, police said that at the time of the incident, a then 52-year-old Serson, who was residing in Kingston at the time, unlawfully gained entry into the residence of a 44-year-old female who lived alone.

“After Serson gained entry into the victim’s apartment he viscously attacked her while she slept. Serson overpowered the victim by confining her before violently sexually assaulting her,” police stated, adding that, “further forensic evidence/DNA was located and this DNA assisted the Major Crime Unit in identifying Serson and ultimately in solving this heinous incident.”

Lawrence Serson, now 80 years old, has been charged with:

  • sexual assault causing bodily harm,
  • breaking and entering with intent,
  • assault,
  • uttering threats, and
  • forcible confinement.

On Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, Serson appeared before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston and was remanded into custody, police said.

Anyone with further information concerning this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chad Parslow or Detective Constable Chris Cook of the Kingston Police Major Crime Unit via email at [email protected] or [email protected]

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