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The discarded coronavirus face mask helped police arrest the man accused of child abuse in California

The discarded coronavirus face mask helped police arrest the man accused of child abuse in California

  • Leonardo Ramirez, 28, became a person of interest in a rape case from 2018
  • King City police invited him to be questioned, not about the sexual assault
  • Ramirez was offered a face mask to comply with the county’s Covid-19 measures
  • He threw away a mask that he had worn and that the investigators had collected afterwards
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A discarded coronavirus face mask helped police arrest a man wanted for child abuse in California.

Leonardo Ramirez, 28, was arrested Monday on charges of violent rape and obscene or lustful acts with a child, kiro7 reported.

Police collected a DNA sample from a young person who had been sexually assaulted two years ago but did not know the suspect’s identity.

The case remained cold for several months, but earlier this year the Major Crimes Unit and King City Police Department began to suspect Ramirez.

DNA taken from Leonardo Ramirez's face mask (which he wore to protect himself from the coronavirus) led to his arrest for child rape in 2018

DNA taken from Leonardo Ramirez’s face mask (which he wore to protect himself from the coronavirus) led to his arrest in 2018 for a rape of children

Police called the 28-year-old into the station and said the meeting had nothing to do with the attack.

He was offered a face mask to wear during interrogation to comply with ongoing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Police said when handing over the new mask, he threw the mask he was wearing into the trash, which was later picked up by an MCU employee after he left.

The suspect confessed to the crimes during the interview, police said.

King City police captain Keith Boyd told KSBW that the MCU officers’ cunning tactics were justified in getting the predator off the street.

“Secretly, creatively, but our job is to try to find ways to make the community safer, and by doing this, we could get someone who is really a predator off the street,” he said.

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