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Classmate says 16-year-old rape suspect is 'a troubled kid'

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Police say a Scottsdale rapist is behind bars, and he's just 16-years-old.

Investigators say Danny Jackson sexually assaulted two women at different Scottsdale apartment complexes.

Classmates say Jackson is a Chaparral High School student who, at one time, was a promising running back, but has been suspended a number of times for fighting.

He's being held without bond on a number of charges in connection with two Scottsdale sexual assaults.

He was a student by day, but at night police say Jackson was targeting Scottsdale women living on first floor apartments, breaking in through unlocked patio doors and sexually assaulting them.

Scottsdale police say he attacked two women in the last three weeks, both incidents were around 11:30pm.

"Parents need to start paying more attention to their children, what they're doing, it's terrible," said Andrew Haines, who lives nearby.

Haines lives across the street from the Camden San Paloma Apartments, where one
of the attacks happened.

"To see the flyers posted and news trucks outside, it's such a shock and surprise," said Haines.

A 49-year-old woman at the Camden Apartments told police the suspect entered her home naked.

A student, identified only as Gauge, says he goes to school with Jackson at Chaparral High.

"He had problems with a lot of people," said Gauge.

He showed us this cell phone video that he says is of Jackson fighting, something he was known for.

"I would never think he'd do something like that but it's not that shocking why," said Gauge. "Just from his past reputation--I knew he was a troubled kid in the first place and he was always looking for trouble."

Jackson was arrested 24 hours after DNA cleared a different suspect.

Police say tips and forensic evidence led to Jackson's arrest.

"We have shown photo line ups to witnesses and victims at least one picked him out identifying him," said Sgt. Mark Clark, with Scottsdale Police Department.

Haines hopes the arrest brings a sense of relief to the community.

"We're not seeing as many people walking their dogs at 7, 8, 9 p.m. like we used to. I hope that returns, it's nice to see people out and about; its been a little calm lately," said Haines.

Scottsdale School District says student safety is it's priority. The district is working with police but can't comment further.

Investigators say they're trying to figure out if Jackson is responsible for other crimes in the area.

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