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Deputies have already made an arrest on Tuesday in relation to the horrific 2013 case of a young girl who was kidnapped, beaten and sexually assaulted in Cypress.
Law enforcement identified the arrested suspect as Levi Austin Goss. He is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping. He is a member of the military at Fort Bragg.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office says the victim was a young girl left for dead in a grassy area near a movie theater in the Cypress area on February 5, 2013. DNA was collected then from the victim and submitted into a DNA.
The case went cold for a few years until last year. Court documents say that a breakthrough came on December 12 last year when the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science received a database match from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory for a military offender listed as Goss.
Last month, a photo of Goss was shown to a witness who saw the suspect at a nearby gas station on the night of the crime. Court documents further say that the man entered with a gray shirt, went into a restroom and stayed there for a long time, then reemerged wearing a different shirt.
Investigators also revealed that the following day, the man’s gray shirt covered in blood, was found in a trash can in the restroom. The witness positively identified Goss as the man seen in the gray shirt the night of the attack.
The case five years ago shocked and angered many as Harris County sheriff’s deputies said a man grabbed a 16-year-old from behind and dragged her into a wooded area on Spring Cypress Road near Avenue D. The incident happened about a mile east of the Northwest Freeway, about 11 p.m. five years ago. The victim was also horrifically hit in the head with a blunt object several times.
Investigators said the victim thought her attacker intended to kill her so she acted quickly to try to save her life by playing dead and forcing herself not to move. Her attacker apparently thought she was dead already and simply walked away.
After the attacker left, the girl, naked and all, bravely managed to walk for about a mile to a movie theater along Skinner Road near Spring Cypress.
The victim was rushed by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital.