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Beer can leads to rape arrest, 30 years later

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Thirty years later, fingerprints on a beer can lead to the arrest of a rape suspect.

Deputies say it was back in 1984 when Lawrence Pierce knocked on the door of an apartment in Pinellas Park. When a 17-year old girl answered the door, he forced his way inside.

She had her 2-month-old baby with her, but deputies say Pierce put the baby in a crib and raped the teenager.

Deputies got fingerprints off a beer can at the scene.

They finally got a match to Pierce after he was arrested in Tennessee for violating probation for a 2001 rape and kidnapping.

Pierce now faces a charge of sexual battery in the Pinellas Park case.

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