An Alexandria man suspected in five sexual assaults since 2016 was ordered to remain in the D.C. jail Monday until trial, after a District detective testified that DNA evidence links the man to the attacks.
Santiago Rodriguez Campos, 34, was arrested Thursday and charged with the four sexual assaults that occurred in the District. One of the attacks took place in Arlington, Va.
In ordering Rodriguez Campos to remain jailed until trial, D.C. Superior Court Judge Juliet McKenna noted that the four D.C. assaults occurred in the same vicinity — Foggy Bottom, Georgetown and near Dupont Circle.
In the Foggy Bottom incident, in the 900 block of 25th Street NW, an assailant approached the victim from behind about 10:10 p.m. on May 31 and grabbed her buttocks through her clothes, according to an earlier police account.
In the Dupont Circle area incident, which occurred three days later, police said the female victim was also approached from behind and sexually assaulted in the 1500 block of P Street NW.
In Georgetown, two incidents occurred, with one at 10:30 p.m.on Sept. 5, 2016, in the 1200 block of Potomac Street NW, and another about 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2016, in the 1600 block of 33rd Street NW, police said.
Prosecutors charged three of the incidents as misdemeanors and one as first-degree sexual assault.
“The forensic evidence establishes a common profile of all four assaults and the fifth assault in Virginia,” McKenna said.
In addition to the DNA evidence, D.C. police detective James Phillips testified that a search of the home that Rodriguez Campos shared with his wife and two children turned up a gray, hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants that at least one victim told authorities her attacker was wearing. According to court documents, the attacker also wore a mask or a hood.
Rodriguez Campos sat listening to the testimony as a Spanish interpreter translated the proceedings. His wife sat in the audience behind him, often sobbing.
During the hearing, defense attorney Eugene Ohm with the District’s Public Defender Service argued that none of the victims correctly identified his client as their attacker. Ohm argued that his client was not involved in the attacks, but the judge said she found enough evidence to determine that Rodriguez Campos was a “danger to the community,” and set his next hearing for Aug. 24.
Meanwhile, Arlington police also charged Campos with sexual battery and indecent exposure in an incident that took place in August 2017, police said Monday.