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Warrant Issued For Unknown Rapist

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 YAKIMA--A warrant is out for a man who raped two women eight years ago. But, police still don't know who he is.

Using DNA technology, police found that two rapes in July 2000 and February 2001 were committed by the same person.

The DNA doesn't match any on record in the United States, but if the man gives a DNA sample in the future, it will be linked to these crimes and he'll be charged.
     The statute of limitations on rapes is ten years, so if no one was charged by 2012, the crimes would go unsolved.  This warrant changes that.

"Even though we can only identify [the rapist] by this DNA," Capt. Greg Copeland, Yakima Police Department, said.  "If we can figure out who he is in 2014, 2015, we'll still be able to prosecute him."

Copeland expects this man to eventually commit another sex crime, since he is a repeat rapist.

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