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CMPD: ‘Myers Park rapist’ identified, tied to 15 sexual assaults in 1990s

CMPD officials said the first assault happened in 1990, while the last took place in 1999.
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 1:52 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2021 at 6:38 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Officials with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said they have identified the perpetrator behind 15 sexual assault cases from the 1990s.

In the 90s, a suspect broke into residences in Myers Park and sexually assaulted several victims, police say.

Police say in June 1990, a suspect broke into a home in the Myers Park area and sexually assaulted someone inside. Over the course of the next nine years, there were multiple cases that were unique and similar.

The last of the cases appear to have occurred in Jan. 1999, and by that time, the suspect, had become dubbed by the media as the “Myers Park Rapist”.

Police say these cases were investigated extensively, and of the 15 cases detectives have connected, 13 of them involved victims under the age of 18.

In the majority of the cases, the suspect would arm himself with a knife, break into the residence and move the victim to a different location where he would sexually assault them.

With the assistance of (SAKI) and Parabon Laboratories, forensic genetic genealogy identified David Edward Doran, who was confirmed as the suspect.

Detectives have found Doran has since died on June 24, 2008

CMPD officials credited the department’s sexual assault cold case unit, which started in 2006, with developing a suspect through a DNA profile.

According to the CMPD, all of the victims were notified of the development ahead of the department’s announcement.

“There was a mixture of feelings. They were all grateful,” CMPD Sgt. Darrell Price said.

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