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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2016
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263
EVERETT, WASH. – Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office have established probable cause to link 24 year-old Dean Connors to a rape that occurred last April outside the City of Snohomish.
The victim, a 42 year-old Everett woman, reported the rape on the morning of April 26. She told detectives she had been walking along SR9 when a white male in his 20's driving a white box truck had pulled over to offer her a ride. After getting in the truck, the victim said the driver pulled over and started to choke her, then raped her at knifepoint. The victim fled the vehicle and ran out into the roadway, and a bystander called 911.
Detectives submitted the evidence collected in the case to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. On August 30, detectives were informed that the DNA they submitted matched a sample submitted by Everett Police Department detectives for a 2014 rape case they were investigating. Working with the victims from both the EPD and SCSO cases, detectives were able to identify a possible suspect, Connors. Connors was interviewed by police yesterday and was booked into the Snohomish County jail by EPD for 1st degree rape. Connors admitted to EPD detectives that he had nonconsensual, violent sex with a woman last April who matched the description of the SCSO rape case victim. The victim in the EPD case positively identified Connors as the man who allegedly raped her. SCSO detectives noted that the suspect had driven a white utility truck to his interview with EPD.
Based on their investigation, Sheriff's Office detectives recommended today that Connors be charged with an additional 1st degree rape charge.