NorCal Rapist suspect is a UC Berkeley employee, police say

Roy Charles Waller, 58, was arrested in connection with at least 10 rapes in Northern California between 1991 and 2006.


A man who worked at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) for 25 years 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.

Roy Charles Waller, 58, of Benicia, was arrested without incident Friday at the university of Berkeley, where he worked as a safety specialist in the office of safety, health and environment, Sacramento police announced.

He faces 12 counts of violent assault and allegations that he is using a gun to commit a number of crimes,” the Los Angeles Times reported. The married man is being held without bail, and his arraignment was scheduled for Monday in Sacramento Superior Court.

UC Berkeley spokesman said they were “shocked” when they heard about the arrest.


“We were shocked today to learn that a campus employee was arrested in connection with a series of rapes that have occurred over more than a decade ago in several Northern California communities,” Roqua Montez, a spokesman for the university, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

This undated photo released by the Sacramento Police Department shows Roy Charles Waller.

(Sacramento Police via AP)

Prosecutor Anne Marie Schubert said her office used DNA and genealogy websites to zero in on Waller. The arrest comes five months after the police used the same tactics to arrest Joseph DeAngelo, 72, in the Golden State Killer case, which is connected to at least a dozen rapes and murders in California 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.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the rumor of a person to break into houses and raping women in six provinces of northern California, from san francisco to Chico, over a period of 15 years beginning in 1991.

Avis Beer, a detective who has the case for 12 years, 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.

Beer 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.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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