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Demarcus Chaney arrested for Whittier stranger rape

Demarcus Chaney
Demarcus Chaney

A few weeks after releasing World of Wireless security stills showing two men Minneapolis police characterized as "persons of interest" in connection with a June 24 stranger rape in the Whittier neighborhood, Minneapolis police say they've made an arrest.

THE BACKSTORY: MPD releases images of Whittier stranger rape "persons of interest" [PHOTOS]

Demarcus Chaney, 32, has been arrested and charged with two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct. The other man shown in the stills "was arrested and released after further investigation revealed that the DNA testing in this case was matched to the DNA profile of Demarcus Nasson Chaney," an MPD press release says.

The June 24 rape happened at 2:20 a.m. in an alley near Franklin Avenue West and Lyndale Avenue South. Two days later, another stranger rape occurred around 2 a.m. on the 2800 block of Stevens Avenue South. In both cases, the female victims were walking by themselves, and both victims provided police with a similar description of the suspect.

Hours after the June 24 rape, the two "persons of interest" were videotaped trying to sell the victim's phone at the Lyn-Lake World of Wireless. According to the release, Chaney was identified as one of the suspects by someone who recognized him in the security stills.

"Once the pictures were released, the lead investigator was contacted by a probation officer and a correctional officer with information about the suspect," the release says.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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