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California man arrested in a 10 ‘horrific’ cold-case rapes

CORRECTS ARREST DAY OF the WEEK ON THURSDAY INSTEAD OF WEDNESDAY, as A map, to the left marks where a series of rapes in Northern California occurred from 1991, is shown during a press conference Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Sacramento, California. Defendant Roy Charles Waller, 58, is seen in the photo on the right, was taken into custody in Berkeley by Sacramento Police, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, and faces multiple counts of rape. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A married 58-year-old man has been arrested in connection with at least 10 rapes in Northern California between 1991 and 2006 in what is known as the NorCal Rapist case, Sacramento police announced Friday.

Roy Charles Waller, of Benicia was arrested without incident at the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked for 25 years as a safety specialist in the office of safety, health and environment.

Prosecutor Anne Marie Schubert said her office used DNA and genealogy websites to zero in on Waller.

His arrest comes five months after the police used the same tactics to arrest a 72-year-old former policeman Joseph DeAngelo in the Golden State Killer case, which is connected to at least a dozen rapes and murders by the state in the 1970s and 1980s.

“DNA is the silent witness of the truth,” Schubert said at a press conference the announcement of Waller’s arrest.

Waller is suspected of raping women in six provinces of Northern California, from san francisco to Chico.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in los angeles Superior Court. It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Detective Avis Beer, who worked the case for 12 years, she said, “wait a very long time for this day to come.”

“I never gave up hope,” she said, adding that they have been one of the victims of the NorCal Rapist on Friday morning to tell her the news.

“She was overcome, and over the top with emotion and happiness to see that this person is in custody and that no one else has to worry about him anymore,” Beer said. “The victims in this case can stop looking over their shoulders.”

They described the NorCal Rapist’s modus operandi, saying that he would usually break into homes late at night, often when the women were asleep.

“He would overcome, he would bind them, and then repeatedly sexually assault them,” she said.

Sometimes he would kidnap the women and force them to withdraw money from Atms, and sometimes stole their personal items.

Sacramento police chief Daniel Hahn called the crimes “horrible,” said the victims were terrorized for hours at a time.

“There are less dangerous predator on our streets,” he said.

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