A 58-year-old man accused of targeting and raping Asian women and eluding authorities for more than two decades has been captured by the Sacramento Police Department.
Also known as the “NorCal Rapist,” Roy Charles Waller of Benicia, California was arrested while he was on his way to work at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday, according to NBC Bay Area
Investigators confirmed that his DNA matched the serial rapist after being identified through the public genealogy website GED Match.
The suspect, who is married, has been working at UC Berkeley as a safety specialist since 1992.
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Waller’s first two victims were reportedly Caucasian women — one in Rohnert Park in 1991 and another in Vallejo in 1992.
He resurfaced in 1996 and started targeting young Asian women across different cities in Northern California, mainly Sacramento, Davis, Chico, and Martinez.
The suspect’s DNA matched the same profile authorities gathered for the notorious rapist and was linked directly to the sexual assault that occurred in Sacramento in October 2006, Sacramento PD said
Waller reportedly studied his victims first for a day or weeks before initiating his attacks. Once he learned their names, addresses, habits, and got them in a vulnerable state, he would then attack them in their homes.
Waller reportedly covered his victims’ eyes and mouth with duct tape, bound their hands and feet, and talked to them in a calm manner. However, one victim came forward and revealed that he held a gun to her head during the attack.
Waller is charged with 12 counts of sexual assault and may face prison time for allegedly using a gun during an attack, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.
The suspect is currently being held in Sacrament County Jail without bail, Sacramento CBS
reported. Waller is expected to make his first court appearance on Sept. 24.
Anyone with any information regarding the case is encouraged to contact Sacramento PD at (916) 808-1SPD.