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Women fearful that suspected rapist is living in their midst

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A man suspected of raping two Scottsdale women is out of jail. A judge released suspect 22-year-old Ryan Festa Saturday afternoon. There simply was not enough evidence to hold him in jail.

Women in the apartment complex where the suspected rapist lives are scared.

We spoke with some single moms who live in the Scottsdale apartments. They all say they've had "run-ins" with the man before.

"I don't want to be here tonight, I want to find a place. Everyone's that upset here," says Shannon Selby.

Selby lives at the Camden San Paloma Apartments in Scottsdale, just doors away from suspected serial rapist Ryan Festa.

She and other single mothers living at the apartments describe him as creepy.

"He follows you. He's followed me, other women, comes up at the mailbox asking women, acting inappropriately."

Kelley Bang lives directly across from Festa. She says she never let Festa in her apartment even though he asked.

"He's always asking to come in, use my phone or something so now it's very scary he's out there," says Bang.

Saturday, Festa was released from jail because the judge didn't have enough probable cause to hold him -- even though police believe he sexually assaulted two women at different Scottsdale apartment complexes in the last week, including one at Camden San Paloma where he lives.

Investigators say both women lived alone, on the first floor, as do Selby and Bang.

"I'm scared for not only myself but the society women."

Selby says the apartments sent out a notice about the sexual assault that happened there, but hasn't given them any more information.

"We have not received one notification since the initial one... suspected Scottsdale serial rapist lives in the apartment complex here," says Selby.

Investigators say it could take days or even weeks to get DNA results back from the sexual assaults, something that could clear Festa or put him back behind bars.

"We don't know what he's going to do. We're more fearful now because he might not have anything to lose. In the next two weeks who knows what he'll do?"

Selby says the Camden San Paloma Apartments won't let her out of her lease.

A spokesperson for the owner of the complex told us late Saturday that Festa's lease was terminated and he is not coming back to the community. They're working on a notification to residents.

Police say he was released into custody of a caretaker and is staying at a group home in Tempe -- however they didn't know the level of supervision there.

Festa's attorney says he maintains his innocence.

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