Roshard Cole – Repeat Sex Offender – Busted by DNA

State Police say an unexpected DNA hit solved a six-year-old cold case in Petersburg. Samuel Roshard Cole, 31, is charged him with rape, sodomy, abduction by force and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Cole will be arraigned today in General District Court.

A series of events and cooperative information sharing among multiple police agencies, an alert Petersburg Sheriff’s Office magistrate, the Sex Offender Registry, Department of Forensic Science and the DNA match led to Cole’s arrest, according to State Police.

Back in April, Cole, a resident Hopewell, had to appear before a Petersburg magistrate for a bond hearing on a contempt of court charge.

Looking at Cole’s criminal record, the magistrate suspected that he might be required to register on Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. Cole didn’t only have a history of convictions for possession of marijuana, obstruction of justice and driving while drinking with an open container. In 1996, he was convicted on two accounts of sexual battery, but had never registered as a sex offender.

Recent legislation in Virginia requires all registered sex offenders to provide a DNA sample, which is analyzed and maintained by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.

Cole provided his sample in May.

State Police then forwarded the sample to DFS for analysis. Last month, Petersburg police were notified of a match between evidence from the 2002 crime scene and Cole’s DNA. Petersburg investigators had investigated the crime for more than a year after it happened, but had exhausted all possible leads.

When officers received the positive match, authorities were already looking for Cole because of forgery charges. Cole was finally arrested last week during a traffic stop. He is currently being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Bond denied for convicted sex offender

Bond has been denied for a convicted sex offender accused of attempting to abduct an 11-year-old girl.

Donald Edward Holcomb, 61, appeared Friday before Etowah County District Judge William Russell, who signed an order Tuesday that denied a motion for bond.

Holcomb, 157 Kerri Lane East in the Aurora community of Boaz, was charged May 2 with enticing a child into a vehicle for illegal for immoral purposes, a Class C felony, after he allegedly tried to abduct the girl in the parking lot at West End Grocery.

Holcomb initially was released May 5 on a $2,500 bond, an amount automatically set for a Class C felony.

District Attorney Jimmie Harp filed a motion the next day, and Russell ordered Holcomb to be placed on an electronic monitoring device under the supervision of the court referral office.

After Holcomb violated the terms of his electronic monitoring, he was arrested again May 8 and his bond revoked.

He remains in the Etowah County jail.

A tip led to Holcomb’s arrest three days after he allegedly tried to grab the girl in the parking lot at West End Grocery in Walnut Grove and tried to get her to go with him, according to reports.

The girl told authorities she struggled and pulled away from the man and he left.

Holcomb was convicted in Marshall County of second-degree rape involving a 14-year-old girl in 1994.

Holcomb first registered as a sex offender in Etowah County in January after the 2005 law went into effect requiring that all those convicted before 1996 register.

The law now states that those convicted before 1996 cannot be “grandfathered” under the law and all convicted sex offenders must register.