DNA connects unknown suspect to 3 Lake Highlands sexual assaults

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 23 at 9:28 AM

DALLAS - DNA testing on samples taken in three sexual assaults in the Lake Highlands area has connected one unknown person to the attacks, revealed Dallas police in a news conference Friday afternoon.

"We have one suspect," said Major Jeff Cotner, Dallas Police Department, as he raised his right hand with the index finger extended. "The DNA profile has been entered into the statewide and national databases; no match was identified. He is unknown to us."

The first rape was reported on February 22 and the last reported reported on March 19.

Police originally believed DNA testing in the February 22 case would connect Fernando Munoz, who was linked by DNA to three other assaults that took place between 2008 and 2010. However, Cotner revealed Wednesday that testing ruled out Munoz. 

DPD released two sketches based on suspect descriptions given from the February 22 and March 15 attacks. Cotner said the victim from the March 19 offense was unable to give a detailed description for a sketch. Thursday, they released a document that compiled details and suspect descriptions from all three cases.

Cotner also revealed that the suspect in the March 19 attack was scratched and bitten during the attack.

"He will have multiple scratches on his face, his cheeks and/or his neck," he said. "He will also have bite marks on his hands, fingers, and in particular, he should have a deep laceration on at least one finger."

Police have set up a hotline for tips at 214-670-4415. The North Texas Crime Stoppers has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect in the case. To be eligible for the reward, the tip must come through the North Texas Crime Stoppers phone number at 877-373-8477 (TIPS).

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