Suspect arrested in Scottsdale sexual assault

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale police have arrested a man in connection with the weekend sexual assault of a young woman in her Scottsdale apartment.

"This was a very violent attack," said Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark.

Police arrested Daryl Donovan Cole Jr., 23, of Scottsdale, Monday night  in Tempe and took him into custody without incident.  Police say forensic evidence and DNA testing helped them crack the case within days.

The attack happened at about 4:45 a.m. Saturday at an apartment complex near 78th Street and Camelback Road.

According to the police report, Cole allegedly followed the 22-year-old female victim into her apartment and locked the door behind him.

When the victim saw the man inside her apartment, she told him to leave and when he wouldn't, she started screaming for help.

The victim reportedly then tried to escape through a patio door and also tried to call 911. But police say the suspect grabbed the phone from her hands and blocked her from leaving.

Police dispatch did confirm that a 911 hang-up call was received from the victim’s cellphone just before 5 a.m. Dispatch attempted to contact that phone number, but it went to voicemail. Due to not knowing where the call was originating from, no officers were dispatched.

According to a police report, the suspect then forced the victim into her bedroom where he sexually assaulted her three times despite her repeated attempts to fight him off.

"She was fighting back to the point where she did injure the suspect in his face, and she kicked him in his chest," Clark said.

DNA evidence  led investigators to a quick arrest. They were able to use evidence at the scene and connect it to a match within the state DNA database.

"We actually used new technology in the case for the reference sample for the suspect," said Kris Cano of the DNA Crime Lab. "It cut down our analysis time by a third."

Cole was on probation at the time of the attack. He has past arrests, including aggravated robbery, but had no arrests for sexual offenses.

The suspect told police he was staying with his grandmother in a neighborhood half a mile from the scene of the crime.

Cole now faces three counts of sexual assault, burglary and kidnapping.