2006_03_23_wcbs_littlejohn.jpgThe NYPD has some bad news for Darryl Littlejohn, it seems. A month ago Littlejohn, who has been charged with the murder off Imette St. Guillen, was put in a line-up for a rape case in Queens. When he was not identified, it looked like that part of the story might've been left aside.

But apparently not so much. Today the Daily News is reporting that "a DNA match has linked Darryl Littlejohn to the sexual assault of a young woman in Queens" and that charges "could be filed against the ex-con as soon as this week." Littlejohn's DNA was found on a set of handcuffs that were used to bind a would-be rape victim in Queens. "we never stopped looking at the other cases," a cop told the News, "But these things take time."

The sources said the DNA links Littlejohn to an attempted rape on Oct. 19 in Queens. In that case, a 19-year-old York College student was approached in South Jamaica by a man driving a blue van. Witnesses told cops that the man was wearing police-type gear and carried a set of handcuffs.

The attacker, who was wearing a blue baseball cap that read "Fugitive Agency" on it, forced the young woman into a van which sources said fits the description of a vehicle owned by Littlejohn. The victim jumped from the vehicle near 112th Ave. and 153rd St. to escape.

Gothamist wonders what this revelation will mean about the other two cases that the NYPD previously tried to link Littlejohn to (an Oct. 16 rape of a 22-year-old Queens woman "who was pulled off the street by a man driving a blue van," and another attack involving a blue van on Nov. 9). Then again, we suspect we won't have to wonder for long.

Screengrab from a WCBS interview with Darryl Littlejohn by Triborough.