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04/25/18

Identification and Arrest of East Area Rapist

On April 24, 2018, at exactly 5:00 P.M. Detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department arrested 72-Year-old Joseph James DeAngelo of Citrus Heights, California.

DeAngelo was linked by DNA as a positive match for the DNA profile of the East Area Rapist, Original Night Stalker, and Golden State Killer, along with a method of operation link to the double murder of Brian and Katie Maggiore and the Visalia Ransacker.

During a press conference held earlier today, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert along with many other Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, Prosecutors, and Investigators presented several new facts of this case.  We expect more details will emerge as time passes and we will present the information as we are able to do so.

Even though some of these cases are over forty years old, this is still a very active investigation.  Investigators have worked diligently throughout the last 24 hours meticulously processing evidence, conducting interviews, and gathering new information regarding this investigation.  Investigators from throughout California are here, in Sacramento, continuing to work together to make sure justice is served for the victims and family’s connected to these cases from their respective jurisdictions.

We will make every effort to provide you with up to date details but understand, this is part of a very large ongoing investigation encompassing multiple jurisdictions.  Any information that is currently available has been released at today’s press conference.  You can see that video on the Sacramento County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SacSheriff/

Sergeant Shaun Hampton

Sheriff’s Spokesman