A stolen laptop equipped with GPS is what led police to the arrest of a 15-year-old in connection to a murder and a series of rapes in Far North Dallas.
In addition, the teenager is also considered to be a suspect in two prior sexual assaults from Louisiana, according to investigators.
Police have not named the teenager, but said that he was arrested without incident last Thursday and is being held in a juvenile detention facility.
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The laptop recovered in the suspect teenager’s apartment, in the 13600 block of Montfort Drive, belonged to homicide victim Maria Ezquerro, 23, who was killed in her apartment last Tuesday in the 5400 block of Peterson, just a 10-minute walk from the suspect’s home, according to a report from The Dallas Morning News.
Two sexual assaults were reported at Far North Dallas apartments less than a mile apart in mid-September. The first happened on Sept. 12 in the 14200 block of Dallas Parkway, and the second took place on Sep. 19 in the 14100 block of Montfort Drive.
A third incident took place on Oct. 30 in the 6000 block of Pineland Drive in northeast Dallas.
In all three incidents, a male suspect knocked on the victim’s apartment door and asked for either work or money, but then threatened the victim with a weapon, forced his way inside and raped her, according to police.
The circumstances of those crimes, the description of the suspect and physical evidence from the scene appeared to match two earlier sexual assaults from Bossier City, LA, from the spring, according to investigators there.