Sacramento, California 2020-11-21 00:13:49 –
Livermore (CBS SF) — A Livermore man who was tried in two cold case rapes in 1997 died after being injured in a suicide attempt by a nail gun, Alameda County District Attorney announced Friday.
In a press release issued Friday afternoon, Alameda County Attorney Nancy E. O’Mary said cold case rape defendant Gregory Paul Bien’s preliminary hearing was canceled when he was hospitalized after several suicide attempts. With the nail gun mentioned. O’Malley said Bien succumbed to his injury on Thursday.
Vien was arrested at his Livermore home a year ago in early November in connection with the sexual assault of two women over 20 years ago.
Vien is involved in a DNA test on May 6, 1997, an attack on a woman who walked to BART after work. She was dragged into a remote location where she was sexually assaulted. Union City police detectives were able to obtain a sample of the suspect’s DNA from the victim’s clothing.
On September 7, 1997, Bien allegedly attacked a second victim while taking a walk near Livermore High School. She was sexually assaulted and Livermore police were able to collect DNA samples from the crime scene.
DNA samples from both crime scenes were analyzed in a timely manner and found to be in agreement with each other. That is, law enforcement knew that the same person was responsible for both assaults.
The sample was uploaded to CODIS, the national DNA database. However, at that time, there were no “hits” to identify the perpetrators.
In 2019, Livermore police detectives developed an additional lead through a genetic genealogy search to resolve a 22-year-old sexual assault crime.
These leads allowed the investigators to focus on Bien. The detective was able to track Vien and get the plastic spoon he used with the DNA on it. The sample identified him as the perpetrator of both crimes.
Both crimes were resolved in 2019 through DNA. Defendant was charged with multiple felony sexual assault charges on November 4, 2019. He was arrested on November 5, 2019 and detained in Santa Rita Prison.
In April 2020, Vien was released from court due to COVID-19 concerns because of opposition from the local prosecutor’s office and police.
According to the latest press release from O’Malley, the preliminary hearing of the case began on November 12. Both victims-survivors testified in public court in attendance by the defendant and his attorney.
A press release said a second victim would complete her testimony on November 13, when the court learned that Bien was hospitalized after an attempted suicide.
According to the release, Vien tried to commit suicide with a nail gun. A week later, on November 19, Vien died of self-harm.
O’Malley’s office said the case had to be dismissed because the defendant had died.
“The survivors of these sexual assaults showed great courage to come to court to confront the terrorized man who attacked them 23 years ago. Both women and who gave her. He lived for all these years without seeing him be tried, maybe he attacked, “O’Malley said in a release. “Police agencies never stopped investigating these vicious crimes to keep the victims’ survivors and the Livermore and Union City communities safe. This led to the arrest and prosecution of Gregory Paul Vien. We commend their dedication, tenacity, and outstanding research efforts. “
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