CLEVELAND - For the first time ever, a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted the DNA profile of an unidentified serial rapist.
The man is accused for raping and kidnapping a 13 year-old-girl in 1993 and a 37-year-old woman three years later.
Prosecutors said if they didn't secure the indictment, they would not be able to prosecute the case after the statute of limitations expired.
The indictment identifies the defendant in the Cleveland attacks as "John Doe Number 1" followed by numerical sequences reflecting the attacker's DNA.
The county issued an arrest warrant against the man's DNA profile in case he's arrested and his DNA is collected.
"What we know is most rapes are serial crimes so if we do all we can to investigate and prosecute a perpetrator, we are moving toward making the community safer,” said Megan O'Bryan, president of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
Mani Capri was just 11-years-old when her mother's then-boyfriend and eventual husband began sexually abusing her. Capri said the abuse lasted seven years, but her path to healing took longer.
Capri said she has gone from a victim to a survivor to an advocate for change. She speaks with several groups and works to help victims of sex crimes.
"I think filing charges against John Doe is a phenomenal demonstration of our county's commitment to the seriousness of rape, sexual assaults and child abuse. It's a powerful statement," Capri said.
The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center helps roughly 6,000 victims every year. http://clevelandrapecrisis.org
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