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Police: DNA leads to arrest of suspect in 2 Las Vegas rapes

October 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man suspected of sexual assaults that occurred 14 years apart has been arrested, police said.

Luther Walker, 52, was arrested Sept. 25 after police say DNA linked him to the 2000 and 2014 sexual assaults, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday. Walker was in the Clark County Detention Center for another offense when police interviewed him.

“I never raped nobody,” Walter told investigators.

A woman told Las Vegas police officers she was sexually assaulted in a dirt lot near the Las Vegas Convention Center in May 2000, police said. She reported walking to a nearby bar to cool off after fighting with her fiance before a man attacked and assaulted her from behind.

The woman went to University Medical Center the next morning to complete a sexual assault kit, authorities said. Doctors were able to send a DNA sample to the National DNA Index System.

More than a decade later, another woman, who said she had two drinks while waiting for a flight at the McCarran International Airport, said she woke up naked in an unknown place feeling like she was drugged, according to police. The woman, who said she was told she was too intoxicated to fly, told police she didn’t remember anything between trying to hail a cab at the airport and waking up naked.

The DNA from the second woman was matched in November 2018 with the sample from the first woman, authorities said.

Walker remained in custody Wednesday on $250,000 bail.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com