Suspect & # 39; serial rapist & # 39 ;: Mark Burns, 69, from Wyoming, is accused of raping at least nine women in two states between 1991-2001
An elongated truck driver from Utah has been arrested for at least nine violent rapes in two different states going back decades – and the police suspect there may be more casualties.
Police in Clearfield, Utah, police say 69-year-old Mark Douglas Burns was arrested Wednesday after years of investigations using DNA samples that match together in conjunction with a TV program with real crime.
So far, Davis County Attorney & # 39; s Office has filed 17 first-degree charges against Burns.
A police press release described Burns as a & # 39; serial rapist & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The sexual attacks were incomprehensible, brutal and methodical attacks on women & # 39 ;, the police said. & # 39; In addition, family members had to monitor the violent and repeated attacks.
According to the statement, the agency investigated several rapes in Clearfield between 1994 and 2001 and collected DNA evidence.
A DNA order was issued in 2003 for additional sexual attacks that took place in 2001 and 2003, but at that time those rapes were not linked to the sexual attacks reported in the 1990s.
This sketch shows the then unknown man suspected of sexually abusing women in Utah and Wyoming in the 1990s and 2000s
In 2010, with the advancement of DNA technology, four more sexual attacks were linked to the 2001 and 2003 cases in Clearfield when the DNA evidence was entered into the Cmobined DNA Index System (CODIS).
Finally, DNA linked a total of nine rapes in the cold store that took place in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in 1991; Riverdale City, Utah, in 1992; Ogden, Utah, in 1993; Clearfield, Utah in 1994 and 1995; Laramie, Wyoming, in 1996; Layton, Utah, in 1997 and two more cases reported in Clearfield in 2000 and 2001.
A statement of probable cause quoted by the police Deseret News says that in the 2000 incident a woman said she was asleep when a stranger woke her up and threatened to cut her throat & # 39; if she said a word. He then blinded her and raped her several times before tying her up and leaving.
The 2001 case involved a home invasion in which a woman and her 19-year-old were both raped and fired for their male relatives.
According to the police, the attacker tied the victim to each of the rapes and then raped them repeatedly over a longer period.
All the victims reported that their attacker smelled of alcohol, had access to their homes through sliding glass doors, and was armed with a gun or knife.
Modus operandi: In any case, the victims were bound and repeatedly raped in the presence of family members by an attacker who smelled of alcohol and was armed with a knife or a gun
Police departments in Utah and Wyoming collaborated with the TNT TV program Cold Justice Sex Crimes to link the nine cases to each other using DNA contests and later enlisted the help of genetic genealogist Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter to collect previously collected to study samples to discover a possible known DNA relationship.
Over the past few months, detectives have followed various clues before finally standing in line for Mark Burns, van Ogden, as prime suspect.
His DNA was then tested and confirmed according to the DNA order that, according to the police, linked him to all nine rapes.
The Davis County District Attorney & # 39; s Office has accused Burns of eight counts of aggravated sexual assault, six counts of aggravated abduction, two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated theft.
Police departments Laramie and Rock Spring in Wyoming are expected to file additional charges because of the rapes in those cities.
Researchers suspect that there may be additional casualties, especially in the West United States, given the occupation of Burns as a long-distance truck driver.
& # 39; These sexual assaults have caused a tremendous amount of pain and sorrow to all victims and family members & # 39 ;, police news release said. & # 39; Due to the serious nature of these crimes, investigators believe there are more victims and do not believe that Mr. Burns has suddenly stopped committing such heinous crimes since 2001. & # 39;
Burns was convicted of rape in North Carolina in 1974 and served a long prison sentence before moving to Utah, according to a charge document.
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