Ryan Joseph Festa, suspect in 2 Scottsdale sexual assaults, released from jail

PHOENIX - A man suspected in two sexual assaults in Scottsdale has been released from jail.

A judge ruled there's not enough probable cause to keep Ryan Joseph Festa in jail, but police had added drug charges in an effort to keep him behind bars.

Scottsdale police say the 22-year-old Festa called his lawyer Thursday evening and arranged to surrender after seeing an artist's rendering police distributed to the media.

Festa's attorney confirmed the judge's ruling to the Arizona Republic after his client's Friday evening initial appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said officers found marijuana in a search of Festa's apartment and police added a drug charge.

Clark said Festa will be staying in a group home in Tempe under the supervision of a caretaker.

Police are awaiting DNA testing in an effort to link Festa to the Oct. 18 and Oct. 24 assaults of two women in their apartments. Clark says it will take about 10 days to get those results.

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