Scottsdale rape suspect cleared by DNA

Scottsdale rape suspect cleared by DNA

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Sketch and mug shot of Ryan Festa Sketch and mug shot of Ryan Festa
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Scottsdale residents thought they could breathe a sigh of relief after this man was arrested in connection to two rapes. But they were wrong.

Scottsdale Police held a community meeting Thursday night at Camden San Paloma Apartments. That's where one of two recent sex assaults took place.

They announced that Ryan Festa, who turned himself in willingly, is not the rapist. He's been cleared by DNA tests. He was released from jail last week when a judge ruled there wasn't enough evidence to hold him.

Festa surrendered to police after seeing a police sketch of the suspect. He was temporarily held on drug possession, but it turned out he had a medical marijuana card. His mental competency has also been called into question.

The victims also couldn't pick him out of a photo lineup.

The true sexual predator remains loose on the streets, and now people in the community are demanding answers from the police.

"Late this afternoon they gave us DNA profiles. The profiles from the scene didn't match any known profiles," said Scottsdale Police Sgt. Mark Clark. "Which means it didn't match Mr. Festa. At this point Mr. Festa is not considered a suspect in these two crimes."

Scottsdale Police say they're still looking into leads and are asking the public to continue to submit tips.

"It certainly is unusual to have someone turn themselves in and say nothing, and then a week later have the DNA profile say they actually didn't do what they turned themselves in for," said Sgt. Clark.

In the meantime, neighbors say they'll remain vigilant, and officers reminded them they can carry a weapon in the state of Arizona.

It's been nearly 10 years since the last rape in Scottsdale.

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