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California investigators use DNA to link serial rapist to cold cases, suspect arrested in NYC and extradited

Authorities in Sacramento, Calif., have announced that they have arrested a 35-year-old New York resident on suspicion of serial rape involving multiple sexual assaults between 2010 and 2013.

Kabe Cummings was arrested in New York and extradited to Sacramento on Friday.

Sacramento Police Chief Catherine Lester told a press conference that in March 2010, a victim was grabbed from behind and strangled while returning home. The suspect then dragged the victim behind a building, sexually assaulted her unconscious, and fled the scene.

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Sacramento Police Chief Catherine Lester speaks at a press conference about serial rapist Kabe Cummings. (Sacramento Police Facebook)

After regaining consciousness, the victim called the police and reported it.

Lester explained that the assault occurred almost a month after another sexual assault occurred in February, and that evidence from both victims had been completed.

He also said DNA samples were collected from the victims and entered into the Composite DNA Indexing System (CODIS). At the time, there were no hits or matches in the system, and the case remained unsolved.

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Handcuffs over fingerprint paper. (St. Petersburg)

Deputy Sheriff Lee Andra Marchese of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office spoke at a press conference about the third incident. The incident occurred at approximately 4:20 am on September 19, 2013.

A stranger grabbed the victim from behind, pointed a stun gun at the victim, threatened her life, and forced her to walk into the dark. The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim and fled.

The victim was able to reach out to nearby businesses for help, and like the other two cases, the DNA was submitted to CODIS, and the case was closed after all clues were exhausted.

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Samples are pipetted into vials for DNA evidence extraction in forensic laboratories. (Andrew Brooks via Getty Images)

Lester said the case remained unsolved for years, but in 2018 the case was scrutinized by the Sacramento Police Department’s Open Case Detective, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Division, and the Office of the Prosecutor. A follow-up investigation was conducted.

Profiles were constructed using biological evidence from the first two cases. The sheriff’s office then obtained a full DNA profile created using biological evidence from the 2013 incident.

All three cases were concordant.

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“We found that the DNA samples taken from each of these cases and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office case belonged to the same person,” Lester said.

Cummings was identified as the suspect, and an investigation revealed that he now lives in New York City.

Lester said Cummings was living in Sacramento and working for the city at the time of the crime.

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Cummings was arrested by the New York City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 29 and was extradited to Sacramento on Friday.

He will be indicted Wednesday in Sacramento Superior Court on charges of kidnapping and abduction, kidnapping with intent to rape, anal or genital penetration with a foreign object by force, forced oral copulation, forced rape, and sodomy against an unconscious victim. is.

If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison for up to 180 years.

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