Cuyahoga County

'Early morning rapist' James Daniel III tied to Aug. 30 Lakewood rape, 2000 Cleveland rape

9/25/2014 10:00:00 AM

LAKEWOOD, Ohio - The man who raped a jogger in Lakewood Aug. 30 is the 'early morning rapist' who committed a similar rape in Cleveland, Lakewood Police said.

James Daniel III was tied to the rape on Warren Road through DNA evidence, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said, as well as a 2000 rape in Cleveland in which a woman was awoken at 3 a.m. in her home to a man standing over her. He had cloth covering his face and attacked and raped her.

McGinty said that he expects Daniel to be tied to more rapes as more cold case DNA kits are tested through the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

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