U.W. Campus and Madison Police Use DNA to Arrest Suspected Rapist

Published: December 19, 2006

MADISON, Wis. – With the help of DNA evidence, University of Wisconsin-Madison campus police and Madison city police arrested a 31-year-old man on Dec. 15 who is suspected of sexually assaulting two UW students.

DNA samples collected from the women allowed Madison- and Milwaukee-based forensic analysts to identify the suspect by cross-referencing the DNA to Wisconsin’s felon and sex offender DNA database.

The man was required to submit a DNA sample to the state in 2002 when he was convicted on drug charges.

Because he has not yet been formally charged with any crimes, the suspected rapist’s name has not been released. Charges are expected to be filed this week.

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The two victims, police say, were abducted at knifepoint and driven to another location where they were sexually assaulted and released. The incidents occurred Nov. 29 and Dec. 9.

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