“CODIS” DNA Database Leads to New Jersey Arrest of Noel K. Bango for Backlogged 1992 Sexual Battery Case in Palm Beach County

Noel K. Bango, who was identified as a suspect with the CODIS, FBI DNA Indexing System. The arrest is another successful conclusion of the Senate Bill 636, regarding sexual assault kit backlog cases.

PALM BEACH, FL – Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office Detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of Noel K. Bango, 57, for Sexual Battery. The warrant was regarding a 1992 case in which a sexual assault kit was processed as a result of recent legislation related to DNA testing (SB636).

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Noel K. Bango is designated as a Sexual Predatorand state records show he is a registered sexual offender in not only Florida but also in Pennsylvania and North Carolina from a 1996 conviction of sexual battery with a weapon.

In September of 1996, Bango was convicted of sexually assaulting a Boca Raton woman while she was out jogging and served time in prison for that crime until his release on May 7, 2007. Noel has had additional run-ins with the law over the years for failure to register in the State of Delaware and on September 24, 2009, Bango was sentenced to an additional 21 months in prison followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

On October 22, 1992, a victim reported being sexual assaulted by an unknown black male. On March 17, 2018, a search of the CODIS database resulted in an investigative lead for the suspect in the assault, identified as Noel K. Bango. CODIS, the FBI’s Combined DNA Indexing System is a database in which DNA is only included when it is collected from a crime scene and it is identified as not belonging to a victim.

On October 17, 2019, an arrest warrant was requested, approved and signed by the Honorable Judge Garrison. On October 18, 2019, Noel K. Bango was located and arrest by the Deptford New Jersey Police Department.

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