Decatur, Ga.- An alleged serial rapist linked to eight sexual assault cold case crimes, including five in DeKalb County, has been apprehended. 58-year-old Wesley Cooley was arrested near his Conyers home on February 24, 2020 by the Fugitive and K9 Units of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Cooley, charged with Rape, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond. Additional charges are pending. 

The current charge against Cooley stems from the April 2017 rape of a female victim in Tucker. He was identified as a suspect in February 2020 following a positive DNA match. Further investigation revealed that DNA evidence from that 2017 crime also links the same attacker to seven other unsolved sexual assault cases throughout metro Atlanta, including four in DeKalb, two in Atlanta, and one in Conyers. The crimes span a period of more than 20 years, dating back to 1999. The victims range in age from 15 to 38 at the time of the respective offenses.

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