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Dominique Strauss-Kahn DNA Matched To Samples From Maid’s Shirt: Report.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s DNA sample has been matched to material found on the clothing of the maid who claims that he sexually assaulted her, NBC New York reports.
Traces of the ex-IMF chief’s sperm were reportedly found on the maid’s dress. The New York Post reports that the NYPD notified French authorities of the development on Sunday.
DSK, as he is widely known in France, was arrested on May 14 on charges of “a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.” It was reported that a maid entered his New York City hotel room where he forced her to perform oral sex.
Originally held at Rikers Prison, Strauss-Kahn was released on a $1 million dollar cash bail. According to the AP:
During his time at the Empire Building, at least one armed guard will be watching him at all times, and he will have to wear an ankle bracelet. His apartment’s exterior doors will be outfitted with alarms and video cameras, on orders from the judge who granted bail.
"This is intended to be temporary, meaning a few days, and in the meantime, efforts would be made to arrange for another suitable residence," state Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus said.
According to the Post, “Strauss-Kahn’s defense team has said the alleged assault may have been consensual.”
Police Say DNA Confirms Suspect Is ‘East Coast Rapist’.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - DNA confirmed that a man arrested Friday in Connecticut is the East Coast Rapist suspected of terrorizing women with sexual assaults from Virginia to Rhode Island over 12 years, police said Saturday.
Lt. Julie Johnson said DNA was collected and subsequently matched by the state police forensic lab confirming 39-year-old Aaron Thomas was the East Coast Rapist.Lt. Julie Johnson said DNA was collected and subsequently matched by the state police forensic lab confirming 39-year-old Aaron Thomas was the East Coast Rapist.
New Haven police have a warrant charging Thomas with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor and he was being held on $1 million bond, Johnson said. Authorities in Prince William County, Virginia, are charging him with being a fugitive as well as rape and abduction charges and use of a firearm while committing a felony.
The East Coast Rapist is wanted for 17 rapes and other attacks in Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island and Virginia that began in 1997. The cases were linked by DNA.
Authorities recently put up electronic billboards in the states where the attacks occurred and neighboring states. U.S. Marshal Joe Faughnan said a tip from Prince William County, Virginia, directed them to Thomas.
"Although the information and investigation of Thomas developed quickly over the last week or so, we should point out that investigators worked tirelessly for years pursuing this case," Johnson said. "This was truly a joint collaboration on all levels. We are proud of our investigation and hope the arrest of Aaron Thomas brings some closure to our victims and our communities."
Thomas could not be reached for comment; it was not known if he had legal representation. Thomas is scheduled to appear Monday in New Haven Superior Court.
Johnson did not take questions during the brief news conference.
A neighbor said Thomas was dating a woman in a yellow colonial house in one of New Haven’s finest neighborhoods. The woman, who refused to give her name, said Saturday that Thomas is a truck driver and parked his tractor trailer in the residential neighborhood, but he seemed to be unemployed and would offer to paint or rake leaves for neighbors.
Thomas was known to ride his bicycle around the neighborhood, the neighbor said. She said there were children at his girlfriend’s house.
Police would not allow a reporter to knock on the door.
At a two-family house listed as Thomas’ address, a police officer in uniform answered the door Friday night and said nobody wanted to make a statement. The house, in a densely populated New Haven neighborhood, has a large porch and a white picket fence with a sign warning the premises are protected by a security company.
A neighbor, 39-year-old Tom Chambers, said he often saw Thomas coming and going but he did not know him well.
"He was just normal," Chambers said.
Thomas was not entirely unknown to law enforcement: He had been arrested in September in Woodbridge, Conn., on a larceny charge and was released on $1,000 bond, according to public records.He had lived previously at addresses in Maryland and Virginia, according to public records.
The assailant eluded police even though the crimes were often committed outdoors, law enforcement officials say.
In some instances, the attacker wore a mask or hooded sweat shirt to conceal his face. He typically approached women outdoors on foot and threatened them with a knife, screwdriver or a handgun, investigators say.
The only attack in New Haven came on Jan. 10, 2007. Police said the suspect entered a 27-year-old woman’s bedroom through an open window and threatened to kill her sleeping infant son before assaulting her.
The last known attack occurred on Halloween night in 2009, when two teenagers on their way home from trick-or-treating in Woodbridge, Va., were raped, authorities say.
Expert: Philadelphia Strangler ‘Is Not Going to Stop’.
DNA tests show that three women who were slain in the same section of Philadelphia were killed by the same assailant. And he may have more victims. But despite an increased police presence and national media exposure, this serial killer will continue to prey upon victims, an expert told AOL News today.
"A guy like this is not going to stop because he is already engaged in high-risk behavior by operating in very short time spans over a small geographic area," said Mark Safarik, a retired FBI supervisory special agent."There is no reason for him to stop at this point," Safarik said. "He may move to a different area, but it sounds like he is fairly comfortable in this location."
Safarik and his partner, retired FBI agent Robert Ressler, are the founders of Forensic Behavioral Services International, a 16-year-old company that provides expert opinion and analysis to law enforcement agencies, attorneys, Fortune 500 companies and foreign entities.
The three cases that have been linked together are the slayings of Casey Mahoney, 27, Elaine Goldberg, 21, and Nicole Piacentini, 35.
On Tuesday, authorities confirmed public suspicion that the cases were linked. DNA evidence was used to make the connection, police said.
"We now know that this predator is responsible for three murders in this area," task force Capt. James Clark said at a news conference.Local police are working with the FBI’s behavioral science experts in Quantico, Va., to develop a profile of the serial killer. Many details in the case have not been released to the public, but it is known that all of the victims are white and, at one time, were allegedly involved in prostitution and narcotics, police said.
"He is identifying the more high-risk women who are willing to go with him," Safarik said, "so their inhibitions would be quite a bit lowered than otherwise."
Goldberg, from Philadelphia, was found dead on Nov. 3 in a vacant lot on Ruth Street.
Piacentini, also from Philadelphia, was found dead less than two weeks later, on Nov. 13, in a vacant lot on East Cumberland.
Mahoney, from East Stroudsburg, Pa., was found dead on Dec. 15 in a wooded lot at Front and Tusculum streets.
All of the victims had been sexually assaulted and strangled. The victims were found partially nude, and all were found within 10 blocks of one another, police said.
Authorities are trying to determine if four recent sexual assaults when the victims were choked but survived could be connected to the serial killer. In at least two of the cases, the victims were choked into unconsciousness, police said.
"Strangulation is a tough way to kill somebody because it takes an extended period of time maintaining that pressure," Safarik said. "If the strangulations without homicides are linked, he might have choked them into unconsciousness. He probably thought they were dead and then he left."
Safarik added, “Typically, we see offenders escalating rather than de-escalating behavior, simply because they become more efficient. They get better at doing the kill. They find out what works, what doesn’t.”
If the attacks in which the women survived are connected to the serial killer, they could hold vital information in the case, Safarik said.
"You need to look at the kind of information you are going to get from the surviving women," he said. "You delve into the physical interaction, the sexual interaction and the verbal interaction that these women are having with this guy. It should be pretty consistent in terms of how they met up with him, and that really is going to be a big help."
Authorities have released a suspect sketch based on the descriptions of the women who survived the attacks. The assailant is described as an African-American male in his early 20s with a slender build, short hair and a small goatee.
Safarik said he typically advises against the release of a composite early in an investigation but says it could prove helpful in this case as long as all the women are in general agreement.
"My sense is that the composite that is out there is probably pretty good because you have multiple victims," he said. "He looks fairly identifiable, so people who know him really should be stepping up."
Because all the deaths and attacks took place in the same stretch of the Kensington section of Philadelphia, authorities believe the attacker is still in the area.
"We have detectives working day and night, following every tip," Clark said Tuesday.Safarik also suspects the serial killer is local and believes he is meeting his victims on foot, something he describes as unusual.
Authorities have no suspects or people of interest in the case, but because of the serial killer’s MO, authorities believe they can close in quickly, Safarik said.
"Either he is not evidence conscious or he doesn’t care," he said. "My guess is, he probably doesn’t care because the linkage of these women has been noted in the news, and he is operating in a pretty small geographical area. If he continues to operate in that area, it should be just a matter of time before he is caught."
Man Cleared of Rape Wins $18.5 Million Jury Award.
(Oct. 20) — A jury has awarded $18.5 million to a New York City man who spent more than 20 years in jail for rape before he was cleared by DNA evidence.
The amount awarded Tuesday to Alan Newton is among the largest given to a wrongfully imprisoned person in New York City, The New York Times reported.
The jury ruled that the city violated the constitutional rights of Newton, 49, who was released from prison about four years ago.
Newton was convicted in 1985 of rape, robbery and assault, based mostly on eyewitness testimony, the Times said. DNA testing on a rape kit found in 2005 showed that DNA from the victim did not match that of Newton.
"I’m just real numb right now," Newton told the Times. "It hasn’t really sunk in. It’s so emotional. It’s something I’ve been fighting for the last four years, since I came home. I’m just glad things worked out at the end of the day."
A spokeswoman for the city’s Law Department said the city was “disappointed” and planned to appeal.
Man, 63, convicted in 1991 Md. rape.
A 63-year-old man dubbed the “Silver Spring Rapist” was convicted Tuesday for a rape that occurred in 1991.
The trial came about after a DNA match to a suspect who was imprisoned for a different offense in New York after the rape, according to prosecutors.
Fletcher A. Worrell has been charged with nine rapes from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.
Police originally filed these charges in 2005. He could be responsible for as many as 20 rapes in the Silver Spring area over that time, according to prosecutors.
Worrell still has more prison time to serve in New York. Montgomery prosecutors intend to ask for a long sentence for the new conviction, saying they are concerned he may become eligible for release in New York.
Man Arrested in 1996 Murder of Texas Teen.
(Sept. 25) — A Louisiana man has been charged with the murder of a Texas teenager, 14 years after her body was found.
Kevin Smith, a 45-year-old welder, was arrested at his workplace on Wednesday. Police say DNA records led them to him.
Prosecutors say that Smith killed Krystal Jean Baker, 13, then left her body under a bridge.
The arrest “is a miracle from God and all the angels,” said the girl’s mother, Jeanie Escamilla, according to the Houston Daily Chronicle.Baker was last seen storming out of her grandmothers’ house in Texas City on March 5, 1996, after the two had an argument.
"She did get in a spat with her grandmother that day," said Escamilla.
"She was a teenager," she added, according to the Galveston Daily News. "She loved you one minute and hated you the next."
Later in the day, the girl made calls from a nearby tire shop asking friends and family members to come pick her up. They didn’t get to her in time.Hours later, the teen’s body was found. It took authorities two weeks to identify her. During that period, the teenager was listed as missing, and Escamilla frantically handed out pictures to try to locate her daughter.
Police say they took DNA from Smith during a recent arrest on a drug charge. They ran his sample against a database of cases, and came up with a connection to the Baker case.
"He appeared calm and he appeared like he didn’t have any idea we were coming to arrest him," said Capt. Brian Goetschius of the Texas City Police Department, according to ABC News.
If convicted, Smith could face life in prison. He is currently being held in lieu of a $1 million bail.
Though Smith is a Louisiana resident, police believe he previously lived in the Texas City area. They are still trying to construct a timeline to determine where and when exactly he was in Texas City.
Escamilla said that she had left the case “in the hands of God” and focused on looking after her five grandchildren.
"I wish I could wake up out of this terrible nightmare and hold my little girl in my arms again," Escamilla said, according to the Galveston Daily News. "None of this is going to bring her back."