Investigator: 1986-1987 'maintenance man rape' cases solved - CBS46 News

Investigator: 1986-1987 'maintenance man rape' cases solved

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The Atlanta Police Homicide Unit has indicted a man connected to five rapes that took place in 1986 and 1987.

"In 2007, 2008 we started getting some DNA hits and we noticed that in these hits we were getting the same profile for a single individual," Atlanta Police investigator Alton Calhoun said.

Investigators said the rapes are part of a larger investigation that possibly includes 29 rapes in Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

The assaults were dubbed the "maintenance man rapes" at the time because all of the rapes occurred in apartments and investigators looked into the possibility that the suspect worked for one of those complexes.

"We don't have any evidence to show that he was ever connected with any apartment complex, it's just some of the things that he did," Calhoun said. 

In March 2011, Daniel Wade, 62, who is currently in Federal Prison in Kentucky for unrelated robbery charges, hit on a Combined DNA Index System test and matched for five of the Atlanta rapes.

An investigator was able to locate four of the five rape victims.

"In some instances he may have come in and said something to the victims to make them think that he worked at the apartment and he was maybe doing maintenance work," Calhoun said.

Over time all four victims were re-interviewed and cooperated with the investigation.

"It probably brings back a lot of bad memories so there were some that were hesitant at first but all got on board with it," Calhoun said.

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