Washington Linked By DNA To Two Sexual Assaults

August 16, 2007

According to police DNA evidence genetically links rape suspect Nathan Antonio Washington to a brutal sexual assault in the Willoughby subdivision in 2002.

"The DNA from this particular suspect is compared to the DNA crime scene at Willoughby is the person that committed that act and the two are the same" said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.

That DNA was taken from Washington Monday after a judge issued a search and seizure warrant. The results came back last night and Albemarle County authorities also confirmed Thursday they have DNA evidence against Washington.

"Do you have DNA evidence?"[reporter] "Yes," said Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos.

Monday Washington was charged with attempted rape in the county and rape in the city. He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning but his hearing was postponed so his newly retained attorney Rhonda Quagliana could get up to speed.

She released this statement on behalf of the family asking people to reserve judgment until all the facts are known in this case.

"At this time, not all is known about the allegations against Mr. Washington. We hope the community will be sensitive to the circumstances of his family, particularly these young children. Mr. Washington is presumed innocent. We ask that judgment about his guilt be withheld until all the facts are known."

And as even more of the facts are coming out Thursday, authorities are still not saying they've captured the serial rapist. Yet making it clear that all seven attacks in the last ten years have always been linked through one thing, the DNA of one man.

"Those cases have not been charged but reasonable people will draw inferences" said Camblos.

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