Phoenix police arrest sexual assault suspect

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Sketch of sexual assault suspect By Jennifer Thomas Sketch of sexual assault suspect By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police said DNA has linked a 24-year-old man to a sexual assault earlier this month and two armed robberies in Virginia.

A 24-year-old woman called police on Friday and reported that she was being followed by a man in a vehicle near 44th Street and Indian School Road.

Responding officers located the vehicle and identified the driver as McKinley T. Brown.

Sgt. Trent Crump said Brown's physical description was similar to that of the suspect in a sexual assault on Sept. 13 and another report of a peeping Tom in the neighborhood.

Police said the sexual assault occurred while the 22-year-old woman was walking in the area of 40th Street and Thomas Road. The suspect followed her and forced her to the ground at gunpoint. The assault was interrupted by a woman who saw what was happening and told the man to stop.

Police said the suspect fired his weapon in the direction of the witness before fleeing.

Police started surveillance on Brown pending DNA analysis of evidence collected. On Monday afternoon, DNA linked him to the sexual assault and two armed robbery cases in Roanoke, Virginia.

The surveillance team arrested Brown without incident.

Search warrants were served at Brown's residence and that of a friend. Crump said police recovered evidence related to the sexual assault and peeping Tom case at Brown's house.

Brown was booked for kidnapping, sexual assault and aggravated assault.