‘Early morning rapist’ suspect tied to attack from 2000, indicted on 22 charges

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — James W. Daniel III, the man dubbed the early morning rapist suspect in the attacks against two women on the West side, has been indicted in those rapes plus a rape from 2000.

According to a release from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Daniel, 33, was indicted on six counts of rape, seven counts of kidnapping, four counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of having weapons while under disability, one count of felonious assault and one count of aggravated burglary.

Daniel was tied to the Sept. 2 rape of a woman jogging on West 104th Street just south of Lake Avenue. The release states he left his DNA on the woman’s sports bra after sexually assaulting her at around 5:25 a.m.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office Crime Lab also found ‘touch DNA’ that matched Daniel taken from the pants pocket of a woman assaulted on Warren Road in Lakewood at 4:22 a.m. on Aug. 30.

Prosecutors say a third rape also occurred at 12:28 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2000.

The rape kit from the attack has been tested by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation as part of Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and its findings were being investigated by the DNA Rape Kit Task Force at the time of the early morning rapes.

Lastly, Daniel was indicted for an aggravated robbery of two women committed at 4:48 a.m. on Sept. 1.

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