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Volunteer YCSO Cold Case Detectives Help Solve A 28 Year Old Rape Case

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Detectives helped solve a 28-year-old rape case recently. In the early morning hours of October 18th, 1995, a then 35-year-old Prescott woman reported she had been sexually assaulted by an unknown man in the parking lot of the Pinion Pines bar off Highway 89A in Prescott. The victim had been with her girlfriends at the bar and left her vehicle in the parking lot and walked to a nearby hotel. At around midnight, she took a taxi back to her vehicle. When she opened the driver side door, she was attacked from behind, thrown to the ground and raped. She only was able to give officers a vague description of the man. However, YCSO detectives were able to retrieve a DNA sample and fingerprints, but were never able to identify a suspect. In November of 2022, cold case detectives took over the case. They found the DNA had been processed, but hadn’t been entered into the national DNA database, CODIS. Detectives pushed the state to enter the profile into the system, which they did in July. The profile came back identifying the suspect as now 52-year-old Gerald Todd Tubbs of Prescott Valley. Based on the DNA information and subsequent interviews, Tubbs was arrested for sexual assault. Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes says “the follow through of the volunteer YCSO Cold Case detectives has once again helped with closure for a woman who has been waiting close to 30 years.” He adds: “I cannot overstate how valuable these volunteers are to our agency and I thank them for their hard work bringing justice to this victim.” Tubbs remains in the Yavapai County Jail.

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