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Eastern Valley serial rapist arrested after more than 20 years in prison, police say

MESA, AZ – Police arrested a man from the valley on Tuesday who allegedly raped eight women and spent more than two decades at large.

Mesa police say DNA technology has identified 57-year-old John Daly III, a recently retired border patrol agent, as a suspect in the attacks.

Between July 1999 and October 2001, police investigated a series of sexual assaults in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee.

Police said eight cases involved similar suspicious behavior and three of the cases (Mesa, Gilbert and Bisbee) involved DNA. No viable leads were developed at that time.

Officials say that in February 2021

, investigative efforts led to the name of the Daily. Police say a historical check revealed that Daly lived near each of the sexual assaults at the time they occurred.

In April 2021, DNA linked Daly to two of the sexual assaults; one case of Mesa and one Gilbert.

Police officers in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee, FBI and Border Patrol officers have worked together on these cases, liaising, conducting interviews and gathering evidence.

Police said Daly was detained in Sierra Vista, Arizona on May 4. He was convicted on charges related to three of the eight cases.

Bisbee police say they plan to file charges in their case, and police say the other four cases require further investigation before charges can be filed.

If you or someone you know can have more information about John Daly III, please call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.

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