DNA Links State College Rapes of Young Women

Investigators link 3 rape cases near Penn State to 1 man

Police in State College police say that DNA evidence has linked three rapes to the same man.

The crimes occurred between August 2010 and April 2011 near the Penn State campus. Police say in each case, a college-age woman walking alone on a street in the Highlands neighborhood says she was assaulted and raped by a man she didn't know.

State College police Chief Tom King said Thursday that DNA evidence from each rape was sent to a state police lab for testing and police recently learned that all are from the same man.

King said it's possible the man has left the area, almost a year after the last reported rape. But his DNA is now in a database.

Police don’t have a good description of the suspect, except that he appeared to be college-aged, because it was dark out and his victims were intoxicated at the time of the attacks, according to the Centre Daily Times.

Police think there could be additional victims and they hope they will come forward.

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