John Harris

John Harris Jr. was arrested on 25 February 2021 for the rape and attempted murder of a woman in San Mateo, California. On February 4, 1989, an unknown male broke into the victim’s home just after 4:00 am in the morning and raped her at knifepoint. He strangled her and slashed her throat, but she survived.
There is no information about who conducted the investigation. The San Mateo Police Department stated that they were assisted in the investigation by the Manteca Police Department and the FBI.

The charges against Harris are pending in the San Mateo Superior Court.


CBS13 Staff. “Man Arrested in Manteca Linked to 1989 Rape, Stabbing in San Mateo.” CBS 13 News Sacramento, February 25, 2021. Accessed February 26, 2021.

Driscoll, Curtis. “Suspect Arrested in San Mateo Cold Case Rape, Stabbing.” The Daily Journal, February 25, 2021. Accessed February 25, 2021.

KPIX 5 News. “DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest in Grisly San Mateo Rape, Attempted Murder Cold Case from 1989.” KPIX 5 News, February 25, 2021. Accessed February 26, 2021.


First Name John
Last Name Harris
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2021-02-25
IGG Org nd


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1467 n/a Jane Doe nd 1989-02-04 San Mateo, CA San Mateo PD Attempted murder Case is currently pending before the court San Mateo SUP CT

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.