Fugitive on the loose
DNA evidence shows same man committed 3 sexual assaults in Lake Highlands
Dallas police now know they are looking for only one suspect in a series of unsolved sexual assaults in Lake Highlands. DNA evidence released on March 22 linked one person to rapes committed on February 22, March 15 and March 19 in the upscale neighborhood.
Authorities believed they had arrested a serial rapist in the area when they detained Fernando Munoz on March 1. In addition to being charged with aggravated assault and burglary, Munoz was tied by DNA evidence to two sexual assaults in 2008 and one 2010. He was a suspect in the February 22 rape but was later cleared of that crime by forensic evidence.
The descriptions of the attackers were similar but not exactly the same, leaving police wondering if they were searching for two rapists or one. But the DNA profile proves that the same person has committed each of the three unsolved assaults.
In a statement, Dallas police said that the DNA did not match any person currently listed in state or national criminal databases. Authorities hope that the description of the attacker, as well as two police sketches, will help identify the serial rapist.
"The suspect may have multiple scratches on either one or both of his cheeks or neck," the statement said. "He may also have bite marks on one or more of his hands and fingers to include a deep laceration to at least one finger."
The attacker has been described as a Latin male in his 20s with short hair and a round face. Crimestoppers recently increased the award for information from $5,000 to $25,0000. Tipsters should call 1-877-373-TIPS (8477).