DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a Las Vegas man on suspicion that he is the Flamingo Road rapist, a serial predator who terrorized the city and frustrated police in the mid-1990s before mysteriously ending a 15-month crime spree, says the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas police took Dushon Nichalos Green, 38, into custody at his apartment about two miles from apartment complexes where most of the rapes occurred.
The Review-Journal said that the break in one of the highest profile unsolved cases in local history is based on DNA evidence collected from Green after his 2001 conviction for pandering prostitutes while working as a local limo driver. That DNA sample and thousands of others went unprocessed for nearly two years because of a manpower shortage in the police department’s forensic lab. It happened to be among nearly 2,700 old samples police sent in June to a private Nashville, Tenn., lab for processing under a National Institute of Justice grant. Police received the results and entered them into a criminal database last month; computers immediately matched Green’s sample to the DNA profile developed from a blood stain and other evidence at the scenes of the Flamingo Road rapist’s attacks.