John McKenzie charged with second sexual battery
Boca Raton, FL In September 2010, Boca Raton Police detectives arrested John Leonard McKenzie for a sexual battery that he committed in 1989, based on a DNA match . Cold Case detectives continued researching other crimes that included elements similar to McKenzie's method of operation.
Detectives found such a case that occurred in the area of 300 SW 7th Street on June 18, 1987 at 3:32 a.m. The victim reported that an unknown white male broke into her apartment through the bedroom window. The suspect, who was armed with a knife, threw a blanket over the victim's head, cut off her clothing and then raped her. The suspect then fled, but left evidence behind.
Crime Scene investigators were able to recover material from a washcloth and from the clothing the victim was wearing at the time of the attack. On September 30, 2010, detectives sent this evidence, along with the victim's DNA, to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office DNA Lab for analysis. On January 21, 2011, detectives received a report from the Lab that the DNA profile from the semen found on the washcloth was identified as belonging to John McKenzie.
Yesterday, the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office announced that John Leonard McKenzie was convicted of armed sexual battery for the 1989 case. Boca Raton detectives then charged McKenzie with one count of armed sexual battery and armed burglary with a battery stemming from this 1987 case. Detectives are continuing to review other investigations to determine if McKenzie is responsible for other crimes.
John Leonard McKenzie
Boynton Beach, FL