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Arrest made in cold case sexual assault investigation

Ralph Kroll was arrested for a crime police say he committed in 1995. Photo provided by the Riverside Police Department.

Ralph Leslie Kroll, 49, was arrested on October 8 for a crime police say he committed 25 years ago.

In October 1995, an 18-year-old female victim was attacked by a stranger when she was walking in the 8800 block of Indiana Avenue. The suspect forced her into a nearby apartment complex where he committed a sexual assault.

Investigative leads were exhausted and the case remained cold until DNA evidence was able to identify the suspect. Detectives submitted the case to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued for Kroll.

Kroll was arrested at his home in Eastvale and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for charges of rape by force, kidnapping, and the use of a deadly weapon by a sex offender. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Kroll is schedule to appear in court on December 1, according to jail records

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Karla Beler at 951-353-7138 or [email protected]. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email [email protected] or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing report number P395281060.

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