Sunday, January 13, 2008

Arizona authorities have arrested Santana Batiz Aceves for the rape of four teen girls and the attempted assault of two others; police say DNA links him to crimes

DNA links illegal immigrant, Santana Batiz-Aceves, to rapes

Police sketch of serial rapist

Arizona Serial Rape Suspect Arrested, Linked to Attacks by DNA
Sunday, January 13, 2008

CHANDLER, Ariz. — A suspect in the sexual assaults of several young girls in Chandler has been arrested and police said Saturday that DNA positively links the man to the case.

Santana Batiz Aceves, 39, was booked into a Maricopa County jail in Phoenix on 25 counts of kidnapping, sexual assault and trespassing in connection with the assaults that began in June 2006, police announced at a news conference. They said the most recent attack linked to the case occurred June 8 on a 14-year-old girl.

Police had been searching for months for a man who raped four girls and attempted to assault two others in the Chandler area.

All of the victims have been girls between the ages of 12 and 15, according to authorities.

Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler said Aceves is an illegal immigrant who was deported twice for drug charges in California in 1999 and 2003.

Authorities said Aceves worked as a heavy equipment operator and lived in the area of the sexual assaults for the last 18 months.

Police said all of the attacks occurred within a two-mile radius of the suspect's rented home, which is located between two junior high schools.

It was not immediately known if Aceves had legal representation yet. A person who answered the door at Aceves' home Saturday declined comment.

Kiyler said detectives working a saturation patrol Friday morning in the area of the most recent assault spotted a man who matched the description of the suspect and who was driving a white 2-door car that also matched a police description.

The man was released after being questioned, but officers later got a warrant to search his home and obtain his DNA.


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