'NorCal rapist' arrested: DNA search helps police nab Roy Charles Waller after 27 years on the run
Accused of attacking at least 10 women in Northern California counties over a period of 15 years starting from 1991, Waller has been charged with forcible sexual assault.
An arrest has been made in connection to the 27-year-old "NorCal Rapist" case using data from a genealogy website, it has been reported. The suspect - 58-year-old Roy Charles Waller - was caught by Sacramento police on Thursday in the city of Berkeley. Before his arrest, he was working as a “safety specialist” at the University of California’s environment, health and safety office, according to the official website.
Accused of attacking at least 10 women in Northern California counties over a period of 15 years starting from 1991, Waller has been charged with forcible sexual assault, the Sacramento Bee reported. Anne Marie Schubert, Sacramento County District Attorney, and police chief, Daniel Hahn broke the news on Friday during a press conference.
While cases involving the NorCal rapist dates back to 1991, he has been employed by the University of California since 1992. At the moment, “there is no indication that any crimes occurred within the campus community", however, open cases of sexual assaults will be investigated by campus police to determine if there's any connection.
“We were shocked today to learn that a campus employee was arrested in connection with a series of rapes that occurred over more than a decade ago in several Northern California communities,” spokesman Roqua Montez was quoted as saying by the San Francisco Chronicle. Montez also shared details on Waller's duties as the "safety specialist" that included “managing programs to help ensure safety and training regarding the use of equipment and machinery including forklifts, aerial lifts, respirators."
For years, the "NorCal rapist" has been terrorizing Northern California with his heinous acts involving victim terrorizing "typically for hours at a time." He would usually enter the houses of these women when they are asleep, bind them and then sexually assault them. There are even reports of him kidnapping his victims and robbing them of their money.
Sacramento DA office announces arrest of the NorCal Rapist suspect Roy Charles Waller. They say he’s responsible for 10 rapes in 6 NorCal counties from 1991-2006. Waller was living in Benicia. pic.twitter.com/7H1SwqtT9o— Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) September 21, 2018
“For 27 years there has been one common thread, his DNA. I have often said in my career that DNA is the silent witness to the truth," Schubert said, explaining how the police used the suspect's DNA to ID him. According to reports, officials used data from the online database of a genealogy site called GEDmatch to identify Waller and to eventually make the arrest - almost similar to the case of the so-called “Golden State Killer" where suspect Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested after obtaining leads from the GEDmatch website.
Waller, however, is currently being held without bail before his arraignment on Monday.