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"Roaming Rapist" Suspect Identified Through Brother's DNA



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, November 09, 2012

The cases had been cold for a long time… until the arrest of Ladell Sanders last December for five counts of rape and sexual assault.  A DNA test cleared Sanders in the Roaming Rapist cases, but it did show a strong likelihood that one of his relatives was responsible.  

Sergeant Jason Ramos says detectives then spotted Sanders' younger brother, Dereck throw away a drink cup with a straw still in it, "His DNA was recovered from that.  There was an expedited process of that DNA and established a definitive connection between him and the DNA profile constructed from our seven cases."

Dereck Sanders was arrested in Isleton.  Ramos says the Roaming Rapist was unique in that he did not have a particular method of committing the assaults.  Other law enforcement agencies are talking with the Sacramento Sheriffs department to see if Dereck Sanders might be a suspect in some of their sexual assault cases.  
 
 
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