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A DNA match has led to a Florida man prosecutors suspect is the 'pillowcase rapist' responsible for numerous sexual assaults of women in the Miami area during the 1980s.
Robert Koehler, 60, was arrested over the weekend in Brevard County and was being held without bond Thursday after his transfer to a Miami jail. He faces charges in one assault though authorities say as many as 25 victims could be involved.
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According to an arrest warrant, investigators obtained a DNA sample from Koehler's son following an unrelated arrest. That sample was linked to one of the assaults, leading detectives to Brevard County where they followed Koehler to obtain DNA samples from objects he touched.
They had a match.
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Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said it will take time to locate victims and determine if there is enough evidence to prosecute all of these cases. The rapes occurred between 1981 and 1986.
She said the arrest of Koehler will 'hopefully bring some justice and some measure of peace' to the victims. Rundle also said quick work by lab technicians coupled with improvements in DNA technology led to the arrest.
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'They did a phenomenal job,' she said. 'It´s going to take some time. But we feel confident that there are a number of sufficient cases that we can prosecute. We want to ensure that his man is never, ever free again.'
Rundle said the break in the case came after Koehler’s son, Robert J. Koehler, 29, was arrested in September and charged with attempted burglary, domestic violence assault and criminal mischief in Melbourne, Florida.
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The younger Koehler’s DNA was taken and entered into a national database. It turned up a hit to a 1983 rape case in Miami - but the son had not even been born yet, so investigators looked further afield and at other family members.
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