Fort Bragg soldier, 24, linked to another sex assault

  • Levi Austin Goss, 24, a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina was arrested on Friday in connection to a 2013 rape in Texas
  • Goss is also under investigation for a sexual assault at his North Carolina base
  • He was identified as a suspect in the cold case after he had to put his DNA in a national database for a recent drunk driving arrest
  • Investigators say Goss attacked a 16-year-old in Cypress, Texas on February 5, 2013 and then raped her in a wooded area  
  • The teen played dead after he hit her over the head with the blunt edge of an axe
  • Goss faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping 
  • He is held on a $1 million bond at the Cumberland County Jail in North Carolina awaiting transfer to Texas, where he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison 

By Ashley Collman and James Gordon For Dailymail.com

Published: 12:06 EST, 14 February 2018 | Updated: 12:24 EST, 14 February 2018

Levi Austin Goss, 24, a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina was arrested on Friday in connection to a 2013 rape in Texas but he was also under investigation for a second case
Levi Austin Goss, 24, a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina was arrested on Friday in connection to a 2013 rape in Texas but he was also under investigation for a second case

Levi Austin Goss, 24, a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina was arrested on Friday in connection to a 2013 rape in Texas but he was also under investigation for a second case

A soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina who was arrested on Friday in connection with a 2013 cold case rape in Texas is now also under investigation for a sexual assault at his North Carolina base.

Levi Austin Goss, 24, was connected to the brutal beating and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Cypress, Texas on Friday but it has now emerged that he was already being investigated by military authorities in connection with another sexual assault case. 

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory notified the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science in January that Goss' DNA matched evidence collected from the victim of the 2013 attack, according to the sheriff's office.

Goss, who was stationed in North Carolina, posted pictures on Instagram in his Army fatigues.  

Goss was arrested for drunk driving last year and ordered to submit his DNA to a national database. 

Goss, who was stationed in North Carolina, posted pictures on Instagram in his Army fatigues
Goss, who was stationed in North Carolina, posted pictures on Instagram in his Army fatigues

Goss, who was stationed in North Carolina, posted pictures on Instagram in his Army fatigues

Goss is being held on a $1 million bond at the Cumberland County Jail in North Carolina awaiting transfer to Texas, where he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted 
Goss is being held on a $1 million bond at the Cumberland County Jail in North Carolina awaiting transfer to Texas, where he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted 

Goss is being held on a $1 million bond at the Cumberland County Jail in North Carolina awaiting transfer to Texas, where he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted 

That DNA was a match for that found on the girl's body after the violent incident five years ago. 

Harris County Sheriff Lt. Jerry Philpot said all who enlist in the U.S. military give DNA, but it is not uploaded into a national database unless they are linked to a crime. 

Deputies showed a picture of Goss to a witness, who correctly identified him as the suspect.

The witness told police at the time that they saw a man go into a bathroom at an Exxon gas station about a mile from the scene of the crime. 

Army officials said in a statement that Goss is currently in "civilian confinement"
Army officials said in a statement that Goss is currently in "civilian confinement"

Army officials said in a statement that Goss is currently in 'civilian confinement'

He was wearing a bloodied grey shirt and had scratches on his neck and face, and told workers he had been in a fight. 

The man later emerged from the bathroom wearing a new white 'muscle shirt'. Police later recovered his soiled shirt from the restroom, and took evidence on the blood smeared on the floor and walls. 

Goss now faces charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping. He is currently awaiting extradition back to Texas to face the charges.

An Army spokesman released a statement that read: 'Private First Class Levi Goss, an All American Paratrooper, is in civilian confinement. He is under investigation by civilian law enforcement for an allegation that may predate his military service. We are cooperating with civilian law enforcement in this matter.'

Goss is being held on a $1 million bond at the Cumberland County Jail in North Carolina awaiting transfer to Texas, where he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of the first-degree felonies, according to police. 

Levi Austin Goss is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child

The spokesman said that Goss enlisted in February 2016 and was a parachute rigger with the 82nd Airborne division. His home on record was Port Neches, Texas, but he lived on base at Fort Bragg. 

The victim told police that she decided to walk to Cypress Woods High School the night of February 5, 2013 because she had gotten in a fight with her foster mom. 

About 30 minutes into her walk, around 11pm, she was hit over the head by a man wearing a 'ninja' mask and wielding an axe. 

He then dragged her into a wooded area off the road where he proceeded to rape her. 

At the end of the assault, he pulled the victim up and then hit her over the head with the blunt side of the axe again. 

The victim was walking down this road when she was hit by a man wearing a ninja mask and then pulled into a wooded area and raped
The victim was walking down this road when she was hit by a man wearing a ninja mask and then pulled into a wooded area and raped

The victim was walking down this road when she was hit by a man wearing a ninja mask and then pulled into a wooded area and raped

The victim feared for her life so she played dead for several minutes while he stood over her, making sure she was dead. 

After he left, she walked naked to a nearby theater where she got help. 

Although she was naked, witnesses at the time told authorities the girl was covered in so much blood they thought she was wearing a red dress. 

At the time, police released a composite sketch of the suspect, but the photo didn't help them get any leads and the case went cold.

That changed in December when the DNA Harris County investigators kept on file matched with a new entry to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory for Goss. 

Goss was arrested in July for driving while intoxicated, and as part of his bail terms, he was ordered to submit his DNA to a national database.  


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