Convicted Rapist Arrested for Alleged 1989 Murder of Bronx Teen
Noelis Bayanilla died two days after being pushed off a building's roof
A convicted rapist has allegedly been tied through DNA evidence to the 1989 cold case murder and attempted rape in New York City of 17-year-old Noelis Bayanilla, PEOPLE confirms.
An NYPD spokesman tells PEOPLE that Scott Parilla, 46, was charged on Monday, soon before he was scheduled to be released from Riker’s Island jail, where he spent a year on a petit larceny conviction.
Bayanilla died on Aug. 8, 1989, after being thrown from the roof of a building in the Fordham section of the Bronx, according to police. When officers responded to the scene, they found Bayanilla lying on the ground behind an apartment building, screaming in pain, police said.
By the time she was taken to the emergency room, she had lost her ability to speak before she died, police said.
After being charged Monday, Parilla was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
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Parilla had long been a suspect in the girl’s killing, but investigators weren’t able to allegedly connect him to the murder until recent advancements in forensic testing revealed that decades-old DNA evidence collected from beneath Bayanilla’s fingernails belonged to Parilla.
Parilla pleaded guilty in 1996 to attempted murder charges in a separate case. In 2003, DNA evidence led to his conviction for the 1993 rapes of two teenage girls.
It was unclear Thursday if Parilla has an attorney or if he’s entered a plea.