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Fingerprint leads to arrest in multiple rape cases

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A Fort Wayne man faces multiple rape charges after a fingerprint that was recently re-analyzed was matched a suspect previously arrested on a separate charge.

ABC21 previously reported detectives were working on three rape investigations spanning from September 2015 through May 2017.

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The Fort Wayne Police department said in each case, the suspect got into the house through a door or window before raping and sometimes battering his victim

The Fort Wayne Police Department said a fingerprint found at a May 2017 rape scene was recently re-analyzed. The fingerprint came back with a match to a man with a prior arrest.

On March 27, the department identified Marquise Dozier as a suspect in the 2017 rape case. They interviewed him the next day and police say he admitted to his involvement in all three cases.

One of the elements that helped police in the case was DNA technology that helped with the April Tinsley homicide arrest to make an analysis of what the suspect might look like.

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The technology was able to make a composite sketch of the suspect in the case. Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena with the Fort Wayne Police Department said the sketch was very similar to Dozier.

Dozier was preliminarily charged with three counts of rape, three counts of burglary and one count of battery. The Fort Wayne Police Department said the investigation is ongoing.

Corinne Rose contributed to this report.

Jacob Burbrink

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