PD: Body odor helped link Scottsdale rape suspect Danny Jackson to crimes

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A Scottsdale police report released Tuesday shows officers made contact with an accused rapist and his family more than a week before the suspect was taken into custody.

According to the police report, Scottsdale Officer Keith English visited Danny Jackson's home on October 24. 

The 16-year-old was later accused of committing a sexual assault earlier that evening , near Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road. He was also later accused of committing a nearby sex assault on October 18.


The officer said he had received a police radio notification indicating a sex assault had occurred in the area. The police notification included a brief physical description of the suspect, so the officer made the decision to visit the Jackson household.

"Based upon my experience with, the similarities of the descriptions and numerous contacts with a family (Jackson)…I went to that location to establish contact with two members of the family (redacted name) and Danny Jackson," Officer Keith English wrote in his report.

Scottsdale Police would not confirm the identity of the redacted name in the report or how that person was related to Danny Jackson. 

English detained him for questioning.


A second officer, Adam Senetra, transported a witness to the Verona Condominiums, where Jackson lived, to identify the person English had detained.

"She was seated in the rear seat of my patrol vehicle. The parking lot was illuminated by lights on the covered parking. I also utilized my alley lights as we approached the subject," a report indicated.

The witness "asked if (the officers) could have the subject stand and remove his shirt which he did," the report said. The witness then told the officers she did not believe the suspect they had in custody was the person who committed the assault. 

"She stated the suspect was more muscular and had shorter shorts on," the report said.


According to Scottsdale police spokesperson, Sgt. Mark Clark, police eventually learned through a tip that Jackson could be a potential suspect. Officers started conducting surveillance on the teen.

They arrested him on November 1, after securing search warrants for his residence and locker at school.


Police reported watching Jackson get into a vehicle near his housing complex before they pulled over the car to arrest him.

At the time of the arrest, police also questioned the driver of the vehicle, whose name was redacted from the report. 

"I asked (redacted name) if Jackson had mentioned anything to him at all in regard to what has been going on in the neighborhood recently regarding the rapes. (Redacted name) said that last Wednesday he and Jackson were at the complex when an officer was patrolling and stopped them and made sure that (sic) didn't have any warrants."

On November 2, detectives learned Jackson's DNA matched the DNA collected at the two recent sex assault crime scenes in Scottsdale.


Throughout the hundreds of pages of police records, there are several mentions of Jackson's body odor.

In one report, "the suspect was described as wearing basketball shorts, was sweaty and had a body odor."

When police arrested Jackson, a few officers noted the strong body odor as a trait linking him to the suspect description.

"I noticed a very pungent body odor coming from Jackson," one officer wrote. "This body odor was also something that both sexual assault victims had said that the perpetrator had."

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