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DNA links suspect to assault of teen girl in California park

May 8, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police say investigators have used DNA evidence to link a man to the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl last year at a Southern California park.

The Orange County Register reports Cornelio Chairez-Velasquez was already in custody for another assault when detectives this week linked him to the November 2018 attack on the teen.

Santa Ana police say Chairez-Velasquez choked, punched and threatened the girl with a knife as she sat on a park bench. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney who could comment on the latest charges.

In the previous case, the 27-year-old allegedly attacked a woman at a motel. His DNA was submitted to a database after that arrest.

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