JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – Jeffersonville Police have arrested suspect they believe attacked a 70-year-old woman and stole her car.

The robbery and assault occurred on April 6. Police say William Patterson, 43, offered to do yard work for a woman, lured her into the garage and held her against her will. Detectives say the man then stole the woman’s phone, tied her up and then stole her car.

“We followed up on a lot of leads,” said Jeffersonville Police detective Todd Hollis.

But those leads never panned out.

“Our next step in our investigation was to take our evidence and submit it to the Indiana State Police,” Hollis said.

Late in August, detectives received notification that the DNA found on the evidence was from a man. Then Last week, the DNA came back as a match to 43-year old William Patterson. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.

“A Clarksville police officer got a call about a suspicious person and was pretty dogged about searching for this person and found him walking around in a neighborhood,’ Hollis said of the arrest of Patterson on Monday.

In June, Patterson was arrested by Jeffersonville Police on false reporting and drug charges

“Of course at the time, we didn't know, we couldn't connect him to the incident in April,” Hollis said. 

Detectives say Patterson confessed in an interview on Monday. As for the victim, she's breathing a huge sigh of relief. 

"She was very relieved, overwhelmed," Hollis said. "She said it caused her a lot of anxiety over the last several months, and she said she felt like she could relax."

Among other things, Patterson is charged with robbery, auto theft and strangulation.

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