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East Valley serial rapist arrested after more than 20 years on the loose, police say

MESA, AZ – Police arrested a man from Valley on Tuesday who allegedly raped eight women and spent more than two decades at large.

Mesa police say DNA technology identified 57-year-old John Daly III, a recently retired Border Patrol Agent, as the suspect in the attacks.

Between July 1999 – October 2001, police investigated a series of sexual assaults that took place in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee.

Police say the eight cases were linked to similar suspicious behavior, and three of the cases (Mesa, Gilbert and Bisbee) were matched by DNA. No viable leads were developed at that time.

Officials say in February 2021

that the investigative effort produced the name Daly. Police say a historical check showed Daly was living near each of the sexual assaults at the time they took place.

In April 2021, DNA linked Daly to two of the sexual assaults; a Mesa and a Gilbert case.

Officers from Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee police, FBI and Border Patrol officials worked together on these cases, established connections, conducted interviews and collected evidence.

Police say Daly was taken into custody in Sierra Vista, Arizona on May 4. He was indicted on charges in three of the eight cases.

Bisbee Police Department officials say they plan to file charges for their case, and police say the other four cases require further investigation before the charge.

If you or someone you know has more information about John Daly III, please call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.

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