Bond $1M for man charged after DNA links him to two ‘brutal’ 2014 rapes in Dayton

Police say ‘at least four’ sexual assaults involve same suspect.

A man is facing charges in two rape cases from 2014 after police say DNA connected him to the crimes.

Tiandre L. Turner, 43, of Dayton, was charged Tuesday in Dayton Municipal Court for two counts each of abduction, rape and kidnapping and one count each of felonious assault and robbery. Bond was set at $1 million during his Tuesday afternoon arraignment.

Turner was arrested Monday evening in Butler Twp. following a short foot pursuit and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, Maj. Brian Johns said Tuesday during a media briefing on the case.

Although the charges are for two cases, Johns said “we know at least four” sexual assaults connected to Turner from 2013 into 2014. In each case, none of the women knew their assailant.

“They were fairly brutal rapes where the victim was abducted, beaten and raped,” Johns said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is continuing to process evidence, and Johns said law enforcement hopes to add charges for the other two cases.

The charges filed against Turner are for two cases involving two victims reported to have happened March 25, 2014, and April 7, 2014.

In the first case, a woman was at a house in the 1900 block of West Grand Avenue when she was “raped, abducted and beaten by another causing a fracture to her back,” according to an affidavit.

In April, a different woman was reportedly dragged from an alley to the same house and “raped, beaten and robbed of her cellphone and $40,” according to court records.

DNA collected at the crime scenes were reportedly genetically linked to the suspect’s family. Investigators obtained a search warrant and took a DNA sample from Turner, which matched DNA found at the crime scenes, according to court documents.

In 2014, Dayton police linked an unnamed suspect to three rapes at a vacant house at the same location on West Grand Avenue. The incidents took place on Jan. 30, March 24 and April 7. It’s not clear whether Turner was the unnamed suspect in those cases.

Anyone with information on unsolved homicide or sexual assaults can contact the Dayton Police Department Cold Case Unit at 937-333-7109. To remain anonymous, contact Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP).

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