Back in the 1990s, women were terrorized by the Potomac River Rapist. This serial criminal, who raped ten women and murdered one, has finally been brought to justice. After a relative of the killer submitted the man’s DNA to the public database, the police were finally able to slap handcuffs on the man responsible and bring a bad guy to justice after way too long.
Thanks to a cheek swab DNA test and a genealogy website, the United States Marshals finally were able to arrest the man they think is responsible for sexually assaulting at least ten women and killing one back in the 1990s in Washington, D.C. Labeled the Potomac River Rapist by headlines back in the 1990s, the now 60-year-old Giles Daniel Warrick has been identified as the possible suspect. He is currently awaiting extradition from Horry County, South Carolina.
Between 1991 and 1998, Warrick is suspecting of raping eight women, attempting to rape a ninth, and killing a tenth woman. He committed these crimes in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding suburbs of the nation’s capital.
By matching DNA records on a genealogy website, investigators were able to narrow down their search and track down Warrick.
“This man terrorized our community,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told The Washington Post after it was revealed that the DNA results pointed the finger of blame on Warrick.
Following a career as a landscaper in Maryland, Warrick moved to South Carolina, fleeing the rapes he had committed. After tracking him down through a genealogy website, authorities obtained a cheek swab DNA sample from Warrick and were able to confirm that it was him who was at the scenes of the sexual assaults back in the 1990s.
While Warrick is in custody on these charges, it is not clear if he retained the services of a defense attorney yet or not.
It’s been years since law enforcement launched their hunt for Warrick. They had been looking for an athletically-built man who had the propensity to throw towels or blankets over his victims before raping them. During the violation, Warrick would make comments to his victims, alluding to the fact that he had stalked them for some time, which only terrified his victims even more.
Warrick’s victims included a teenage babysitter, a woman who was on her way to become a scientist, and a woman returning home following a trip to the grocery store. He attacked some of these women in their homes while children were inside.
28-year-old Christine Mirzayan was attacked outside her home in Georgetown in 1998. The rapist dragged her into a wooded area where she was raped and then bludgeoned to death with a 73-pound rock.
Her then-husband, David Hackos, said that Warrick’s arrest “brings a huge relief” but also “brings us back to that time” of her rape and murder.
In 2011, police and FBI teamed up to launch a renewed hunt for the Potomac River Rapist. They used digital billboards and social media to look for him. However, it was the genealogy websites that eventually led to his arrest because a family member contributed DNA to the public database.
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