DNA Match Leads NYPD to Suspected Rapist

New York City Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a series of rapes in Queens.

Mark Andrade was taken into custody after his DNA matched evidence found on a beer can at the scene of an attack in 2013.

“This one young lady struggled with him and actually pulled a beer can out of his back pocket – a beer bottle, I should say, and then threw it. We retrieved that beer bottle as part of the crime scene. That's where we swabbed and got the DNA,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

Andrade is believed to be responsible for six attacks between March 2011 and August 2013 in the area of Forest Park.  Andrade has six prior arrests, although none of them were for sex crimes.  The NYPD matched his DNA to the beer bottle after he was arrested in Nassau County on a grand larceny charge.

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