A former border patrol agent has been arrested on suspicion of committing a string of rapes in Arizona.
John Daly III, 57, was apprehended by officers in Sierra Vista on Tuesday on suspicion of committing several sexual assaults two decades ago, a spokesperson for the Mesa Police Department (MPD) said.
Police suspect Daly of having raped eight people in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee between July 1999 and October 2001.
Dubbed the “East Vally serial rapist” by the MPD, officers said they had linked Daly to three crimes after they analyzed DNA samples. Officers said there were no leads that could be pursued during the initial investigations.
The three victims were women aged 21, 32 and 35, all of whom were blindfolded before being sexually assaulted and abused. Police said the suspect gained entry to homes via an unlocked door, an open bathroom window or by a broken window.
An MPD spokesperson said on the force’s website: “With the utilization of sexual assault kit initiative funding, in February 2021, investigative efforts produced the name of John Daly III at the time they occurred. In April 2021, DNA linked Daly to two of the sexual assaults, one Mesa and one Gilbert case.”
Officers from the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee police departments investigated the cases jointly by conducting interviews, collecting evidence and sharing them with one another.
FBI agents offered assistance in recent months and gave analytical, investigative and support resources. Border Patrol also cooperated and gave their support during the investigation.
The MPD spokesperson continued: “In conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force and multiple other agencies, Daly was taken into custody in Sierra Vista, AZ on May 4, 2021.
“Daly was booked for charges related to three of the eight cases. Bisbee Police Department will submit charges for their case and the four cases require additional investigative efforts prior to charging.
“We are grateful for the partnerships and want to thank all the agencies for working together in this investigation, including the Gilbert, Chandler, Bisbee and Sierra Vista Police Departments, FBI Phoenix Field Office including the Sierra Vista Resident Agency, U.S. Marshals Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.”
Daly was booked into the Cochise County Jail on four counts of sexual assault, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of burglary and three counts of sexual abuse.”