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FORT WORTH, Texas — The Fort Worth Police Department has announced the arrest of an alleged serial rapist in connection with a number of Cold Cases throughout Texas.

According to the department, Pedro Samarrippas was arrested on February 24, 2021, in McAllen, Texas, in connection with a 2010 sexual assault case and a 2011 aggravated sexual assault case. Through DNA testing and analysis, Samarrippas was additionally linked to a Cold Case in McAllen, Texas, in 2002, and investigators believe there may be more victims.

Prior to the Samarrippas being identified as a suspect in the case, police say DNA from each of the cases linked them together. During a recent re-examination of the Fort Worth cases, Cold Case Detective K. Adcock, working with Texas Ranger Lt. T. Gooding, was able to identify Samarrippas as a suspect in the case.

Samarrippas, according to police, had lived near both Fort Worth and McAllen around the dates the respective offenses occurred.

A DNA search warrant was obtained for Samarrippas in December 2020 and Samarrippas was located in San Juan, Texas, where his DNA was obtained in accordance with the search warrant guidelines.

"Samarrippas’ DNA was subsequently tested and was matched to the suspect DNA in the two Fort Worth cold cases," stated the Fort Worth Police Department in a press release earlier today. "Det. Adcock obtained two arrest warrants for Samarrippas who was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol on Feb. 24, 2021, while entering Mexico."

Investigators flew to McAllen by Texas Department of Public Safety aircraft, interviewed Samarrippas in the Hidalgo County Jail, and returned him via DPS aircraft to the Tarrant County Jail on the Fort Worth charges.

"Samarrippas is believed to have lived in the Fort Worth area from 2003 until 2014 and detectives believe that there could be more victims to crimes committed by Samarrippas during that time period," stated the department.

In seeking additional victims, the department did not release, and asked its media partners to withhold publication, of Samarrippas' mugshot as they may need to use his image in photo lineups should additional victims come forward. Instead, the department issued a description of Samarrippas and his vehicle at the time of the offenses.

Police say he may also be linked to a 2011 Cold Case, which remains under investigation.

The Fort Worth Police Department issued the following suspect description of Samarrippas, as if it were his description at the time of the assaults: Hispanic male between 38 to 39 years old (at the time of the Fort Worth sexual assaults in 2010 - 2011), 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs approximately 220 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. He has tattoos on the back of both hands, the word “ESPINOZA” in old English letters tattooed on his stomach, the word “PETRA” in script letters tattooed on his chest, a woman wearing a sombrero tattooed on his right calf, and a nude woman tattooed on his left calf.

Samarrippas' vehicle was described as a small, "reddish" 1991 model four-door sedan.

Investigators are asking anyone who believes they were the victim of sexual assault from the provided suspect description, and that Samarrippas was the perpetrator, to contact the Fort Worth Police Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit at 817-392-4351. Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS or submit a tip through the website at WWW.469TIPS.com.

Complete press release issued by the Fort Worth Police Department on Thursday, March 4, 2021:

FORT WORTH, Texas - On Feb. 24, 2021, an alleged serial rapist was arrested in McAllen, Texas on one Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) warrant for sexual assault and on a second FWPD warrant for aggravated sexual assault. Both offenses were cold cases that occurred in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

In May of 2020, the FWPD Sexual Assault-Cold Case Unit began working with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers on several serial rapist cases. The Texas Rangers received grant funding through the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) which is overseen by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The grant funding has allowed FWPD to conduct comparisons of unknown DNA samples through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) to help identify suspects in unsolved cases and review them for further investigation. Some cases have been solved through further investigative efforts by law enforcement, while others have been solved due to the advancements in DNA testing through laboratories. This grant has funded a joint investigative effort by law enforcement, district attorneys, and laboratories in bringing justice to the victims of unsolved sexually related violent crimes.

Fort Worth Police Cold Case Detective K. Adcock and Texas Ranger Lt. T. Gooding were able to link the two Fort Worth cases to another cold case that occurred in McAllen, Texas in 2002. These cases were linked through the same male DNA, but the suspect had not been identified. During his investigation into the Fort Worth cold cases, Det. Adcock was able to identify one suspect, Pedro Samarrippas, who had lived near both McAllen and Fort Worth around the dates the respective offenses occurred.

Det. Adcock obtained a DNA search warrant for Samarrippas in December of 2020. Texas Ranger E. Escalon located Samarrippas in San Juan, Texas and obtained his DNA per the search warrant guidelines. Samarrippas’ DNA was subsequently tested and was matched to the suspect DNA in the two Fort Worth cold cases. Det. Adcock obtained two arrest warrants for Samarrippas who was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol on Feb. 24, 2021, while entering Mexico.

On March 1, 2021, Det. Adcock and FWPD Fugitive Officer M. King were flown to McAllen by DPS aircraft and were met by Texas Ranger Escalon, who transported them to the Hidalgo County Jail to interview Samarrippas. Samarrippas returned with Det. Adcock and Officer King to Fort Worth by DPS aircraft and was booked into the Tarrant County jail on the Fort Worth charges.

Samarrippas is believed to have lived in the Fort Worth area from 2003 until 2014 and detectives believe that there could be more victims to crimes committed by Samarrippas during that time period.

Suspect description:

The suspect is a Hispanic male, between 38 to 39 years old (at the time of the Fort Worth sexual assaults in 2010 - 2011), 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs approximately 220 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. He has tattoos on the back of both hands, the word “ESPINOZA” in old English letters tattooed on his stomach, the word “PETRA” in script letters tattooed on his chest, a woman wearing a sombrero tattooed on his right calf, and a nude woman tattooed on his left calf.

Suspect vehicle description:

Small, “reddish” 1991 model four-door sedan.

If the description of the suspect or his actions leads anyone to believe that they were the victim of a sexual assault and that Pedro Samarrippas was the perpetrator, please contact the Fort Worth Police Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit at 817-392-4351. Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS or submit a tip through the website at WWW.469TIPS.com.

We are not releasing a mugshot of Pedro Samarrippas as we may need to use his image in a photo lineup with other potential victims. We respectfully ask for the cooperation of all media outlets in not releasing his mugshot as it may hamper further investigations. An additional 2011 Fort Worth case has been linked to the suspect and is currently under investigation

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