DNA evidence links 2 sexual assaults in Flagstaff

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Flagstaff police said DNA evidence indicates that the man who sexually assaulted a woman in July also attacked a woman six months earlier.

Detectives investigating a sexual assault on July 21 noticed similarities with one that had occurred Jan. 18, according to police spokesman Sgt. James Jackson. In both incidents, the female victims were leaving the downtown bar district in the early morning hours when they were approached by the suspect.

DNA testing confirmed the two cases have the same suspect.

The suspect's DNA profile has been entered into national and statewide databases in order to identify him.

The suspect is described as a Native American male in his early to mid-20s, approximately 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with medium-length black hair. He appears to have been wearing a gray or light-colored hooded sweatshirt at the time of the second attack.

A surveillance video from a local business shows the second victim and the suspect walking together.

Police have notified all the downtown bar businesses and provided them with a composite sketch of the suspect. Additional officers are patrolling the downtown area late at night and in the early morning hours.

Flagstaff police are working with the Northern Arizona University Police Department to notify students about the crimes.

Anyone with information about either of these cases or the suspect's identity is asked to contact the Flagstaff Police Department at 928-774-1414 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.