SACRAMENTO – A man suspected of raping women near Sacramento freeway interchanges several years ago has been arrested after investigators used DNA technology and genealogy websites to locate him.
JD Wallace Simien, 40, was taken into police custody Thursday and reserved for investigation into charges of kidnapping, rape, oral copulation and robbery, according to prison and court records.
Sacramento County prosecutors and sheriff officials said in a joint statement that investigators linked an unknown number of violent sexual assaults, between 2013 and 2014, to the “clover rapist” because the crimes happened near freeway entrances and exits that look like a clover pattern.
The investigation remained cold until detectives used the same DNA genealogy techniques to identify and capture Joseph DeAngelo, known as the Golden State Killer, and Roy Waller, the so-called “NorCal Rapist” who was convicted. last year for raping nine women in their homes.
Deputy Chief District Attorney Rod Norgaard declined to release further details of the case, including the number of victims and dates of the crimes, citing the ongoing investigation. A complaint was due to be filed on Monday when Simien is due to appear in court for the first time.
It is not known if Simien has retained the services of a lawyer to speak on his behalf.