Alan Kurt Rillema, 51, was arrested earlier this month in connection with two violent rapes which allegedly occurred on golf courses in 1999 and 2000
Rillema is accused of raping two women; one at the Twin Lakes Golf Club in Michigan in 1999 and another in 2000 at a Penn State University golf course
Cops traced Rilemma by matching DNA found at the scenes to a distant relative of Rilemma’s, who had submitted their DNA to GEDMatch
Break in 23-year-old cold case came after Rillema was identified after cops got their hands on a styrofoam coffee cup he’d used and matched his DNA with crime scene evidence
Suspect through his attorney says he’s ‘looking forward to telling his side of the story’
Friends however, say Rilemma, a successful businessman and father-of-three, lived predatory ‘double life’ at strip clubs – he owns – before DNA led to his arrest
Arrested last week at his home, for first and second degree sexual conduct, he faces felony counts of rape, sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania
Alan Kurt Rillema, [photo] a successful businessman 51-year-old in Michigan, was arrested in connection to two violent rapes 24 years ago. The rapes occurred in Michigan and Pennsylvania, in 1999 and 2000
An attorney for the Michigan businessman accused of two golf course rapes in 1999 and 2000 says he is looking forward to telling ‘his side of the story’ after being arrested on a DNA match.
The 51-year-old suspect was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of attacking two women in two separate incidents nearly 25 years ago, with investigators announcing that DNA from a coffee cup led them to Alan Kurt Rillema, an avid golfer who is accused of attacking two women on separate golf courses, nearly a quarter century ago.
Arrested last week at his home, for first and second degree sexual conduct. He is due to be charged with felony counts of rape, sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania.
Life of deception? Rillema with two of his kids. Those who know him say he led a ‘double life’ , investing in strip clubs and trying to use his authority as an ‘owner’ to convince the workers to have sex with him
Police traced Rillema by matching DNA found at the scenes to a distant relative of Rilemma’s, who had submitted their DNA to GEDMatch.
After narrowing the sample down to Rillema and his two brothers, police say they tested his DNA from a discarded coffee cup and found a direct match with the crime scene samples.
Rillema, a successful businessman and father-of-three, is behind bars in Michigan awaiting his next court date. He is yet to answer to the charges.
,Kurt Rillema, seen with his wife Kristi and their three children has been accused of attacking two women in two separate incidents in Michigan and Pennsylvania nearly 25 years ago
In an interview with FOX, Deanna Kelley, an attorney acting on his behalf, was cryptic when asked about how he intends to plead, responding: ‘A piece of evidence is only as good as its collection and analysis, and I don’t know any of that yet.
‘Every story has two sides, and he’s looking forward to telling his side in court,’ Kelly told the channel.
Even as he gets ready to fight the tag of serial rapist, Fox cites anonymous sources claiming that Rillema has led a double life. The report says the businessman has invested in strip clubs and allegedly has tried to attack some of the women who worked in them.
‘He was like a kid in a candy store. He bragged he was an owner to get sexual favors,’ the source said.
Police identified Rillema [left], by tracing a sample of DNA at the crime scene to him and his two brothers, Bradley [second left] ,and Marc [far right], after a distant relative submitted their own DNA to GEDMatch. Authorities surveilled Kurt, who had been living in Michigan and visiting Penn State when the two rapes happened, then matched a sample of his DNA from a coffee cup to the crime scene sample
Rillema is accused of raping two women; one at the Twin Lakes Golf Club in Michigan in 1999 and another in 2000 at a Penn State University golf course.
Investigators identified Rillema by tracing sample of crime scene DNA to the suspect and his two brothers, Bradley and Marc. One of their distant relatives had submitted their own DNA to GEDMatch.
The authorities then surveilled Kurt- who had been living in Michigan and visiting Penn State when the two rapes happened – and matched a sample of his DNA from a coffee cup to the crime scene sample
According to police, Rillema an avid golfer who’s played all over the country, was living near the Twin Lakes club at the time of the first attack, and was visiting his brother Marc, then a student at Penn State, when the second attack occurred.
Kurt Rillema’s wife Kristi, seen [left] with her husband and two of their children, has not yet commented publicly on the charges
The complaint alleges that on July 27, 2000, Rilemma attacked a woman, 19, who was jogging on the Blur Course at Penn State University.
While at the 18th hole, Rillema supposedly stopped the victim to ask her for a band aid.
He then pulled out a knife, held it to her throat, punched her in the stomach and raped her, the victim told police.
DNA belonging to an unknown male was found at both of the scenes, but it wasn’t until the sample was compared to the GEDMatch and that a match with one of Rillema’s distant relatives was found.
Crime scene 1: Rilemma, who lives in West Bloomfield, was at the Twin Lakes Golf Club located in Oakland Township, Michigan, photo], when he allegedly entered an employee only area and attacked a 22-year-old woman
Crime scene 2: Less than a year after the first attack, Rillema allegedly attacked a woman, 19, who was jogging on the Blur Course at Penn State University
A team of genetic genealogy investigators then worked backwards to find living relatives of the person who had submitted their DNA who may fit the profile for the crime.
It led them to Rillema and his two brothers – Marc and Bradley.
Marc who now lives with his family in Oregon, was studying at Penn State between 1999 and 2000, according to his LinkedIn. Bradley and his wife live in Michigan with their children.
Kurt is being held without bond until his next court date in Michigan.