Hunt for L.A.’s ‘Teardrop Rapist’ May Hinge on Familial DNA TestingJul 02, 2012
by Christine Pelisek
For nearly two decades, Los Angeles Police Department detectives have been looking for a serial rapist who is linked to at least 35 sexual assaults. But the department may finally be in reach of cracking the case against the so-called Teardrop Rapist, thanks to a new weapon straight out of Brave New World.
The last known attack by the Teardrop Rapist occurred on June 15, when he approached a 29-year-old woman on her way to work and dragged her into an alleyway. The woman was able to escape before she was raped when a person drove into the alleyway and scared off the attacker. “It shows he is not going away,” says LAPD Det. Sharlene Johnson. “He is still active and will remain active until we get help from the community.”
The rapist has been linked to 10 of his victims through DNA evidence, but police have no idea who he is because he is not in the state and federal Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. Now, says Johnson, “we are looking into familial DNA testing.”
Source: The Daily Beast