CLEVELAND- A Cleveland man is in custody after DNA evidence linked him to three rape cold cases.
Dale Wilson, 33, was arrested on North Boulevard in Cleveland Thursday night. He was indicted on 13 counts, including rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said the rapes occurred between June 9, 2006 and April 10, 2009. The details in two cases were extremely similar. Both victims said Wilson offered a ride in a mid-sized, red car before sexually assaulting them.
“If recognized at the time, these similarities might have enabled investigators to see a pattern and realize they were likely committed by the same offender,” assistant county prosecutor Brett Kyker said in a news release on Friday.
“One of Prosecutor McGinty’s goals is to establish a data base where investigators can enter key information about cases so that it will be easier to spot patterns and then to devote resources to capturing the most dangerous repeat offenders — men like Dale Wilson.”
DNA evidence identified Wilson as the attacker.
Previously, he was convicted for felonious assault, abduction and sexual battery.