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Alaska's first DNA-only arrest warrant

  • Author: Alaska Beat
  • Updated: May 13, 2016
  • Published August 9, 2010

According to a press release from the Anchorage Police Department, authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man who sexually assaulted a woman at knifepoint in the Ship Creek area a short time before the early hours of Aug. 9, 2000. That police are looking for a rapist in Anchorage is not unusual, sadly, but this warrant is unique. It's the first time in Alaska history that a DNA profile is charged while the identity of the assailant is unknown. Read the full release at KTVA-TV, here. And be sure to keep an eye a swab kit out for 'John Doe', whom charging documents identify thusly:

An unknown male with Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Profile at the following genetic locations, using the Identifier Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Amplification kit: D3S1358 (15, 17) vWA (17, 18), FGA (21, 22), D8S1179 (13, 15), D21S11 (31, 33.2), D18S51 (17, 18) D5S818 (12), D13S317 (8, 10), D7S820 (10, 11), D16S539 (9, 13), THO1 (8, 9.3) TPOX (8, 11), CSF1PO (10, 13), Amelogenin ) (X, Y), Penta E (11, 15), Penta D (9, 12), with the estimated frequency (13 core loci) of the above genetic profile being approximately 1 in 34 quadrillion (Caucasian population), 1 in 142 quadrillion (African-American population), 1 in 16 quintillion (Athabaskan population), 1 in 129 quintillion (Inupiat population) and 1 in 14 quintillion (Yupik population).

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