Police say DNA evidence has linked 22-year-old Tiaghgee Daughtry, who is already in prison for another crime, with the rape.
"Ultimately Mr. Daughtry fled the area and was out of the Philadelphia area, [he] was in Wyoming County of Pennsylvania," Philadelphia Police Captain John Darby said.
It was back on October 5, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field where the Philadelphia Eagles were playing in front of thousands of fans.
At some point, the victim, a 40-year-old woman, decided to go to the parking lot to look for the tour bus that had brought her to the game.
She went up to a group of parking attendants to ask for directions.
"One of those males assisted her, however, led her to a parking lot in the area of 700 Pattison Avenue and in that private parking lot did sexually assault her on a bus," Darby said.
At the time, police were able to compile a sketch of the suspect and they put his DNA into the CODIS database to compare it with the 2.5-million other samples nationwide to try to get to his identity.
But apparently Daughtry was not in the system until he was recently arrested for drugs back in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania leading him to be charged with the Philadelphia rape.
"This is an example, that is, years after the incident we have a victim that we can go and we can say 'we have your offender,'" Darby said.
Late Thursday night, the victim spoke to Aciton News and said 'Thank God for the scientists at the DNA lab' and she appreciates their hard work.
Daughtry is charged with Rape, Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint, Indecent Assault, Indecent Exposure, Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.