16-year-old arrested in connection with 2 Scottsdale rapes

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with two rapes in Scottsdale, and police are "positive" they have the right suspect in custody.

Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said detectives arrested the teen Friday afternoon near Scottsdale and Mountain View roads. The boy was reportedly taken into custody at a shopping area without incident.

During a Friday night press conference, Clark said the suspect lived at an apartment complex near where the victims were attacked.

The women were assaulted inside their homes at two different Scottsdale complexes, one on October 18, the other on October 24.

Tips from the community reportedly implicated the 16-year-old in the attacks. Forensic evidence has also tied the teen to the crimes, and one of the victims positively identified the teen.

He was taken into custody on sex assault, burglary and kidnapping charges.

Clark said lab work in the case is ongoing, but they are confident in the arrest.

"We're positive this is the right guy," he said during the Friday news conference.

Authorities have been investigating the attacks since October, and recently exonerated a man who had turned himself in. Clark said Thursday DNA evidence cleared 22-year-old Ryan Festa as a potential suspect in the case.

The teen's name has not been released. Police said it is likely the 16-year-old will be charged as an adult.

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