Sex assault suspect identified with DNA from Styrofoam cup: Court documents

WASHINGTON — A Fairfax County, Virginia, man suspected to be responsible for years of cases of indecent exposure and sex offenses now faces charges after officials said they linked his DNA to five victims in D.C. and Arlington.

Charges against Santiago Rodriguez Campos, 34, include at various times, indecent exposure, and or lewd acts, groping and sexual assaults. He’s accused of attacking women on area streets over a nearly two-year period from September 2016 to a few months ago.

The D.C. cases occurred in the areas of Georgetown, Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle. The Arlington and Virginia cases where Campos is a suspect occurred in the Ballston area.

Detectives used DNA analysis to link Campos to victims whose private parts were grabbed from behind by a man who transferred an unknown liquid onto them, according to charging documents from D.C. Superior Court.

The documents state police collected Campos’ DNA on Aug. 5 from a Styrofoam cup of water he was offered after being arrested for wearing a hood/mask in public.

Currently, charges against Compos include sexual battery, sexual abuse and indecent exposure.

In 2016, on Sept. 5, about 10:30 p.m., a person was sexually assaulted in Georgetown near the intersection of Potomac and M Streets, in Northwest, and on Oct. 26, also in Georgetown, a person was sexually assaulted about 8:15 p.m. near the intersections of 33rd and Q streets in Northwest.

In 2017, on Aug. 29, at about 12:15 a.m. in Arlington on 14th Street N. at N. Rolfe Street, a woman encountered a man who exposed himself before brushing past her.

In 2018, on May 31, about 10:10 p.m. in Foggy Bottom a woman was grabbed and sexually assaulted near the intersection of 25th and I Streets in Northwest and on June, 3 at about 11:11 p.m. a woman was grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted.

Campos was taken into custody by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force on Aug. 9 and was expected in D.C. Superior Court Monday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

Arlington police state Campos is linked to a series of indecent exposures that may lead to additional charges.

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