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DNA links Louisiana rape suspect to Kansas City sex assaults

December 12, 2018
This Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 photo released by the Orleans Justice Center Jail shows Daniel Meridy in New Orleans. Court records say DNA has connected Meridy, suspected of multiple rapes in Louisiana, to three unsolved sexual assaults in Missouri. The Kansas City Star reported that Meridy, of New Orleans, was booked Monday into the Orleans Justice Center on four counts each of first-degree rape and aggravated kidnapping. (Orleans Justice Center Jail via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Court records say DNA has connected a man to several rapes in Louisiana and Missouri spanning more than a decade.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports 34-year-old Daniel Meridy is jailed in New Orleans on $1.6 million bond on suspicion of four counts each of first-degree rape and aggravated kidnapping. There’s no record of an attorney for him.

New Orleans police say those four alleged assaults happened at gun or knifepoint from 2015 to 2018. Police say one woman was raped in an alley after getting off a bus, while another was assaulted after accepting a ride from Meridy.

Police also say DNA linked Meridy to three unsolved stranger sexual assaults in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2004 and 2005. No charges have been filed in Missouri, although prosecutors say it’s an open investigation.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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