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DNA Links Potomac River Rapist To 1996 Rape In Northwest

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DNA evidence has linked the 1996 rape on the 4900 block of MacArthur Blvd. to the man dubbed as the Potomac River Rapist, who police believe is responsible for nine other sexual assaults that occurred in the 1990s.

The evidence emerged after DNA from the MacArthur Blvd. attack on a 58-year-old woman was retested. The results revealed that the DNA was connected to eight other attacks in Montgomery County and one other in Washington, D.C.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, as well as investigators from the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office and Montgomery County Police, were joined by John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted, in announcing the evidence, according to NBC4.

"This guy hunts women," said John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted. "He hunts women because that's his hobby."

The Potomac River Rapist is to believed to be responsible for a series of rapes that began in May 1991. The last known attack took place in August 1998, when Christine Mirzayan, a 28-year-old intern, was raped and killed on Canal Road in Georgetown. He struck Mirzayan with a rock after he pulled her off the sidewalk, according to the police. This attack was very similar to the incident on MacArthur Blvd.

Walsh said he will profile the Potomac River Rapists in one of his upcoming shows.

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