Suspected 'sexual predator' arrested in Tempe

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a 91-year-old woman in Tempe on Oct. 18.

Ekwunze Job Owen Jr. "EJ," 24, was arrested at approximately midnight on Wednesday. He was found in the 1200 block of East Apache Boulevard in Tempe.

According to Tempe police, Owen entered another female's residence on Saturday. He fled when she began screaming for help. It was after this incident that Owen was positively identified as a suspect through the use of DNA.

Police said Owen is also accused of at least three incidents of indecent exposure in Mesa.

Cmdr. Jeff Thompson with the Mesa Police Department said officers have investigated multiple incidents involving trespassing and indecent exposures over the past couple of years. The suspect left DNA at several crime scenes, which was matched to DNA of the suspect in the sexual assault of the 91-year-old woman.

Police later matched the DNA to Owen.

Police have described Owen as a "sexual predator" with a propensity for violence.

Mesa police Chief Frank Milstead said Owen had been preying upon vulnerable victims.

"This guy was an opportunist," Milstead said. "He knocked doors in the area asking people to use their phone. He tried to befriend people.

"The progression of Mr. Owen's crimes started out as a peeping Tom and then he began to not only be a peeping Tom, but he masturbated while looking in the windows of people's houses," Milstead continued.

He said Owen's crimes escalated from there.

Tempe police Cmdr. Kim Hale said Owen has admitted to some of the crimes, including the October sexual assault.

Investigators are still working the case and are continuing to gather information on these crimes.

Anybody with more information is urged to contact police in Tempe or Mesa.

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