KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Arthur Romero just missed getting out of prison.
A 1983 Kansas City rape case caught up with him just days before his release from a Colorado prison.
A DNA match led Jackson County prosecutors to charge Romero, 51, with forcible rape, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to a news release from the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.
The attack occurred about 1 a.m. on December 20, 1983, in a house on Kansas City's west side.
The victim came home from work and found a masked man inside her home.
He grabbed the woman, put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her if she screamed, according to court documents.
The victim fought back, but court documents say the man took her to a bedroom.
The woman tried to grab a rolling pin, but the rapist took the rolling pin and hit the woman, court documents state.
He also stabbed her in the chest, abdomen and hand before tying her up.
The suspect ransacked the house, stole her car and fled, court documents state.
Police gathered evidence at the scene and from the woman at a hospital.
A DNA match to Romero was made on October 17. He was due to be released from prison October 28.
He will be brought to Jackson County to face the new charges.
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