Police: Serial rapist arrested through fingerprint match

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Fort Wayne Police have arrested a man in a series of rapes over the last four years.

Marquise D. Dozier has been arrested on three counts of Rape, three counts of Burglary and one count of Battery.

According to Fort Wayne Police, a series of rapes have been reported in the overnight hours and within a mile of one another, all in the city’s southeast side. The suspect would enter the home through a window or door, then rape and sometimes batter his victim, police said.

In August 2017, DNA collected from one of the rapes was analyzed at the Indiana State Police lab and was tied to two other unsolved rapes one from 2015 and another in 2017. The department said previously that the three of the assaults took place in the 4500 block of Park Drive, 5000 block of Bowser Avenue and the 5200 block of Bowser Avenue.

As officers and technicians worked to identify a suspect, the Fort Wayne Police Department used DNA profilers Parabon-Nano Labs, which helped to identify the killer of April Marie Tinsley last year, to create a DNA Snapshot analysis of what the suspect might look like based on his DNA. In January, police released a computerized sketch of a suspect built through DNA technology.

On Wednesday, detectives identified Dozier through fingerprint evidence collected from one of the scenes. He was interviewed Thursday and subsequently arrested after police said he admitted to being involved in three rapes over the last four years.

Dozier will appear in an Allen County court Wednesday. A no-contact order has been issued against him.

Police said the investigation was ongoing.

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