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Gruesome crimes linked with help of DNA database

Boston and Cambridge police have linked Marcos Colono to two horrific attacks two years apart.  

Boston and Cambridge police have linked Marcos Colono to two horrific attacks two years apart.

The Cambridge resident was arrested yesterday for an August home invasion where an 11-year-old boy was raped. Fingerprint and DNA evidence also connect Colono to the 2008 rape of two college-aged women in Brighton.

“This was a terrible, heinous, horrific attack which included sexual assault and a stabbing that left the father in critical condition,” Middlesex DA Gerry Leone said of the home invasion.

The brother of an 18-year-old who was stabbed to death by a Harvard graduate in 2003, Colono entered a not-guilty plea in Cambridge District Court yesterday on charges of home invasion, armed assault with intent to murder and two counts of rape of a child by force.

Held on $1-million bail, Colono has yet to be charged for the Boston rapes.

A DNA database matched a bloody handprint at the Cambridge scene to Colono’s prints from a 1998 marijuana arrest. Evidence from the 2008 rapes also matched the August assault.

“Today he has a name, he has a face and he’s behind bars,” Suffolk County DA Dan Conley said.

 
 
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