Chandler police make arrest in 1991 sexual assault cold case – AZCentral

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After nearly three decades, Chandler police this week arrested 65-year-old Gary Robert Young on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint in an apartment complex, according to police officials. 

Young was arrested Wednesday morning at his Phoenix home, near 40th Street and McDowell Road, in connection with the cold case, Chandler police said in a news release.

The attack on the woman happened just after 10 p.m. on November 8, 1991, at an apartment complex near Dobson and Frye roads. At the time, police developed and released a suspect sketch, collected evidence and interviewed witnesses, but a suspect was never identified.


About a decade later, police sent evidence from the case to Department of Public Safety Lab, where male DNA was identified. The DNA was entered into the Combined DNA Index System, following standard practice.

A suspect was not identified, but the DNA was matched to another sexual assault case in 1992. Detectives used investigative genetic genealogy and developed a list of possible leads. Young was on the list.

Chandler detectives began surveillance on Young in July. They were able to collect Young’s DNA and sent it to the lab, where it was linked to the 1991 sexual assault. 

At the time of the sexual assault, Young was 36 years old and did not know the woman. He was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix on suspicion of multiple felony charges, including sexual assault, aggravated assault, kidnapping and burglary.