DNA links man to have multiple sexual assaults
Researchers are looking for help in identifying a man whose DNA has been linked to multiple sexual assaults in the Washington, DC.
Agencies of law enforcement on the hunt Wednesday for a man who earned the nickname “the DC-area Hotel Rapist,” who is believed to have raped at least six women in the capital of the country for more than seven years, are now offering a combined $ 45,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
The identity of the suspect is unknown – but it is the first time that the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has been accused of a John Doe profile on the basis of DNA evidence, according to Fox 5 DC.
“The survivors in this case are going to live with this for the rest of their life, and this person should be held responsible,” Peter Newsham, the Metropolitan Police Department’s chief of police, said Tuesday during a news conference announcing the indictment, which was created because the 15-year statute of limitations deadline was fast approaching.
Investigators say the attacks happened between Aug. 22, 1998, and February. 6, 2006 in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, where six to nine women, most of whom were hotel housekeeper. DNA evidence recovered from six of the incidents was traced to a person.
During the attack, the defendant would unobtrusively enter hotel rooms, and purpose housekeepers as they did their work, the officials said. A box cutter, tie and a cord were used in a number of the incidents to threaten or harm victims, they added.
The authorities have released a composite sketch of the suspect made in 2003, left, and an age-progressed composite sketch showing what he may look like today.
(Montgomery County [Md.] Police department of Washington, D. C. Metropolitan Police Department / Parabon Nano Labs )
In one case, took place on Dec. 1, 2002, in a hotel room in the Hilton on Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Md., where officials say that they have a knife with the name “Debbie” written, that was used by the defendant in his attack.
Then, in an investigation of a sexual assault on May 11, 2003 at the Renaissance Hotel in Northwest D. C., police say they received a ring that belonged to the suspect.
The police say that they also were able to obtain DNA linked to the defendant of sexual violence on May 23, 2003 at the Jefferson Hotel in Northwest D. C.; June 6, 2003 in the Holiday Inn Hotel in Arlington, Va.; and 9 June 2003, at the Courtyard by Marriot Hotel in Greenbelt, Md.
The suspect was described by the authorities as an African-American man, between 5 feet-7 inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall with a medium to solid build, brown eyes, black hair, and a medium to dark complexion.
The police got a knife and a ring of two of the alleged attack sites.
At the time of the attacks, he was probably in his 20s to the 30s, but now officials said they believe that he would be in his late 30s to late 40s.
In a new indictment of the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, officials were able to obtain the DNA profile of the unknown suspect, the costs arising from the two attacks that took place in the District.
Researchers say they also identified several instances of suspicious activity or attacks on hotels in the area. Three of the possibly related cases occurred in hotel rooms, including one in Arlington, in 1998, in Takoma Park in 2005 and one in Alexandria in 2006, according to the police.
The FBI and the police of D. C., Montgomery County (Md), Prince George’s County (Md), Greenbelt, Md.) and Arlington County (Va.) are offering a combined reward of $45,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect.
Fox 5 DC contributed to this report.