State News

May 14, 2013

Man indicted in series of unsolved Ga. rapes

ATLANTA — Police say a man has been indicted in a series of rapes from the mid-1980s in the metro Atlanta area.  

Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos Tuesday said DNA evidence linked 62-year-old Daniel Wade to five cases from 1986 and 1987 dubbed “maintenance man” rapes because they happened in apartment buildings, which led investigators to probe whether the suspect worked for one of the complexes.

Authorities say the attacks may be linked to 29 unsolved cases in the area.  

Campos says Wade, who is serving a prison sentence in Kentucky for robbery, was identified in a DNA index system in 2011 after the cases had gone cold. Police were able to contact four of the five victims and traveled to Kentucky to interview Wade.

It’s unclear if Wade has an attorney.

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