DNA linked man to rapes in El Paso, Fort Worth, police report

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A 25-year-old man jailed in El Paso on suspicion of multiple rapes there has been linked by DNA evidence to a 2012 aggravated sexual assault case in Fort Worth, police said this week.

Arturo Valtierra-Payan, a citizen of Mexico, was being held Wednesday in an El Paso County jail on three charges of burglary of a habitation and three of aggravated sexual assault, El Paso police said.

Valtierra is also being held on warrants from Fort Worth accusing him of aggravated sexual assault and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony, the El Paso jail records show.

His bail totals $1.66 million.

Fort Worth police did not respond Wednesday to requests for information on their investigation.

But police records say Valtierra is a suspect in the burglary and sexual assault of a woman Sept. 1, 2012, on Little Mohican Drive in northwest Fort Worth.

El Paso police described how investigators connected the suspect to crimes in both cities.

“This link was established through DNA evidence that was recovered here in El Paso and entered into the Combined DNA Index System,” they said in a news release. “That DNA sample ultimately linked Valtierra-Payan to the Fort Worth case.”

Tarrant County court records show that prosecutors filed the cases against Valtierra on Oct. 2.

El Paso said they arrested Valtierra in July after a string of violent attacks on women in the Manhattan Heights neighborhood of the city.

“These cases involved … adult female victims who were attacked inside their homes,” El Paso police said in their news release.

Tarrant County prosecutors have been assigned to help their counterparts in El Paso in at least one case there, said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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