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A genetic genealogy investigation leads police to suspect kidnappings and sexual assaults in a series of Sacramento, California cases.



A man suspected of a series of alleged sexual assaults in Sacramento, California more than a decade ago has been identified and arrested through the use of investigative genetic genealogy, officials said Tuesday. .

A recent investigation into an unsolved case by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office uncovered a full DNA profile. The genetic pedigree investigation led them to the man who police say was responsible for one attack in 2013 and two more in 2010.

Kabeh Cummings, 35, was arrested in New York City last week as part of a coordinated effort between police, the sheriff and district attorney’s office, as well as the FBI, the Sacramento police chief said Tuesday. , Katherine Lester, at a press conference.

“It is thanks to the tireless efforts of all the agencies involved here today that he was brought to justice, but in reality, it is a testimony of the DNA evidence,” Sacramento County District Attorney Thien Ho said. .

“This case is a great example of why all law enforcement agencies here today must be willing to work together towards a common goal of protecting our communities and helping victims for all of us. “said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mark Remley.

Cummings was arraigned on Wednesday on kidnapping, rape, sodomy of an unconscious victim and other charges. He has not pleaded guilty and is due for another hearing on September 13.

Sacramento Superior Court Commissioner Alin D. Cintean denied bail for Cummings, who is a Liberian citizen, after prosecutors argued he would pose a flight risk as well as a risk of injury for the victims.

CNN reached out to Cummings’ temporarily assigned attorney, Shelby Alberts, for comment on the case.

Genetic genealogy is an emerging field that combines DNA evidence and traditional genealogy to find biological connections between people.

Investigators typically compare DNA from a crime scene to that of a suspect, or enter it into a national database to try to find a match – but if there is no match, the identity of the author may remain unknown.

Using genetic genealogy, law enforcement can send the DNA to companies that are able to trace the abuser’s extended family members and build a family tree, allowing investigators to begin focus on the suspects.

In recent years, this method has solved some of the most publicized unsolved cases in the country, including that of the notorious Golden State killer.