Cleveland Police Identify Serial Rape Suspect

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Larry McGowan (Photo Credit: Cleveland Police Department)

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police on Friday announced the name of a serial rape suspect wanted in four sexual assaults and one murder dating back to 1996.

Larry McGowan, 37, was arrested by Akron police back in November in connection to a rape a case. Police say DNA evidence was the key to solving the cold case.

According to police the crimes all happened within a half-mile of each other near East 93rd Street and Kinsman Avenue.  Police say he lived in that area in the late 90s and as recently as a couple of years ago.

The first woman kidnapped near East 93rd survived, despite being shot in the neck. She helped with the first sketch of the suspect.

The rape and murder happened in 1997; DNA matched the first case. A case in 1998 then matched the suspect, as well as a case in 2010.

Why so long in between?

Police say McGowan was in jail on unrelated crimes from 2000-2010.

Despite it being a cold case, police canvassed the neighborhood where these crimes took place with over 1,000 flyers, but they never got any good leads. 

It ultimately ended up being the DNA evidence that helped connect all the pieces of this puzzle.

Detectives with the sex crimes unit say this man is in jail where he should be, and they are relieved he’s been caught.

McGowan is being held in the Summit County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.

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