Cops in Florida have arrested a 60-year-old man they consider to be a criminal dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist,” who’s accused of forcing at least 44 women in the early 1980s.
Police in Miami, Florida, was headed to Robert Koehler after his son was held on an unrelated, undisclosed charge, and his DNA was discovered to match a DNA sample that had been held by investigators for 37 years as evidence in a 1983 molestation case, according to the Miami Herald.
Koehler, a 60-year-old who lives Palm Bay, was held last weekend and has been charged with two felony counts of physical battery.
While he’s only been accused in two cases, police believe he raped more than 40 ladies in South Florida between 1981 and 1986
The nickname “Pillowcase Rapist” was given after sufferers said their attacker broke into their homes, shielded his or their faces with a pillowcase, and forced them at knifepoint.
The alleged criminal went undetected for years while police posted flyers over Florida and questioned hundreds of suspects.
Later the DNA sample that had been held for decades was linked to Koehler; police followed him to a public area and got DNA swabs from things he had touched, according to an affidavit observed by CNN. The testimony said samples led to a probable cause for his arrest.
Cops still have to collect DNA directly from Koehler’s body and verify it matches the evidence from 1983.
Koehler made an image in court on Tuesday, where he told a judge he was not guilty.