Chaparral High School Student Accused of Being Scottsdale Rapist

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Danny Jackson
A 16-year-old Chaparral High School student has been arrested in a bizarre case involving two rapes in Scottsdale.

Danny Jackson's the one accused of the rapes, and was arrested Friday -- about a week after another man turned himself over to police in the case.

Shortly after the rapes were reported to police -- on October 18 and 24 -- Scottsdale police released a sketch of their suspect in the case, which was plastered all over TV stations.

Not long after that, it seemed like Scottsdale PD had their guy: a 22-year-old named Ryan Festa went to the police department with his attorney.

Festa lives in the area of the sexual assaults, and apparently called his lawyer after he saw the sketch on TV, thinking it resembled him.

Festa was jailed on the charges, but a judge ordered that Festa be released because there wasn't enough evidence in the case. It just seemed like one of those things, but things started to get weird after Fox 10 interviewed Festa's lawyer:

"Mr. Festa decided to present himself to Scottsdale PD because he wanted to give them the opportunity to look at him and determine whether they wanted to pursue any other comparisons between him and the sketch," said [attorney Bernardo] Garcia.

A closer look at Festa's criminal past raises some questions. Out of nearly a dozen cases, ranging from assault charges to shoplifting, nearly all were dismissed.

Strangely enough, that was actually the case -- Festa's DNA didn't match up with the rapist's. According to court documents obtained by New Times, Festa's attorney did all the talking for him in the interview with police, saying his client had a traumatic brain injury and is "very susceptible to suggestion."

The only thing police found at his apartment after serving a search warrant was some marijuana, which would be a probation violation, according to the documents.

On Halloween, police ran into Jackson, who would eventually become their new suspect in the case.

According to court documents, police were looking into some people who had been suspects in other crimes in the area where the sexual assaults occurred. Police responded to a criminal-damage call at a CVS store on October 31, at a location about a mile from the sexual assaults.

Jackson was arrested for that criminal damage, and according to court documents, was identified as someone who had been "previously identified as a person of interest in the sexual assault investigations."

Jackson's physical description matched up with the one provided by the victims, and when police brought Jackson to the police station, they gave him an unopened bottle of water as they interviewed him about the criminal damage at the CVS.

Police took the water bottle after the interview, and obtained Jackson's DNA -- which matched the rapist's, according to court documents.

Jackson admitted his involvement in the crimes, according to police.

In the first incident, on October 18, the suspect, allegedly Jackson, stood completely naked at the backdoor of a woman's condo, and forced the door open after the victim saw him there. The woman was sexually assaulted, and the suspect ran off after the victim promised not to "tell," according to court documents.

In the second incident, on October 24, a woman was attacked inside her apartment, about a quarter-mile away from the location of the first attack.

As the woman was being attacked, she offered the man marijuana to just leave. The woman tried to run away while the suspect was looking for this marijuana, but the suspect caught her. He ended up running away shortly after this, apparently upon getting spooked after hearing a neighbor's voice outside.

Jackson faces various charges including sexual assault, kidnapping, attempted sexual assault, sexual abuse, burglary, and aggravated assault. He's being held without bond.


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TheDownfalloftheUSA
TheDownfalloftheUSA

What a surprise - and I thought the rapist would have been a rich white wall street type.

 

It's about time we had mandatory castration for rapists.

aintnothang
aintnothang

his parents must be so proud. now they can put the "my child is an honor rapist at chaparral high school" bumper sticker on their hooptie.

T-Money_Stallion
T-Money_Stallion

Anyone wanna guess what his rap name is? 2 Chainz is already taken ...

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

The worst thing about this is that he will probably serve 5 years at the most and then get let out so he can do it again.  Next time he'll probably kill his victims too to reduce the chances of getting caught.  Our "justice" system is an absolute joke.  I wish one of these victims had a gun, maybe then this problem could have been solved permanently.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

thank god scottsdale got him, if it was MCSO he'd be free

 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

He' s been arrested for rape because he is the rapist.  Don't you get it ... cops have evidence. What more do you want? I think it is time for a public lynching.

free_trayvon
free_trayvon

yeah right, if one would have had a gun this story's headline would have been "scottsdale 1%er kills underprivileged negro child."

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy But he is in the custody of MCSO but he won't be released. However if Penzone were sheriff he would be.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @danzigsdaddy Heck, with MCSO, they would have made him a "Jr Posse Member".  A "Jr Joe"!

T-Money_Stallion
T-Money_Stallion

 @JoeArpaioFan 

 

You really are the biggest, dumbest dick in Arizona. Go the fuck away, you stupid clown. You didn't even read the comments before you posted. Get lost, shithead.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan you are fucking retarded. who's complaining that he got arrested? read the article idiot

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan actually, for once......you are right. this is one of the top 3 of the most heinous crimes that can be committed. 

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 @free_trayvon Riight, because being "underprivileged" (WTF does that even mean anyway?) means that he should be able to have violent sex with anyone he wants whether she likes it or not.  Race and class aside, any monster who brutalizes innocent women like this guy has needs to be permanently removed from society.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @free_trayvon Nobody owes him a thing. Underprivileged is not an excuse to rape, rob, murder or steal.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @T-Money_Stallion i am going to have to give you some serious points on this one. he doesnt even like his own people (as evidented by all the staff he has pitched screaming headfirst under the bus)

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @T-Money_Stallion You go the fuck away.  What does your nickname T-Money_Stallion stand for?  You are probably black and a drug dealing gang banger thug.  But you ain't shit!  I know your kind... you walk around with your pants sagging to your ankles and you speak Ebonics, not English.  You also stink!  You are the lowest pieces of scum on this earth and your people are no longer welcome here. I'd much rather have all illegal aliens living in my neighborhood than your kind.  It's time that we rid the streets of you and your people. You got it you wacky bastard?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy It sure looked that way to me. It's standard that an article such as this is a call for his release.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  change this post. all you need is one correction and this post will be acceptable. take out "underprivilged" and simply replace it with the word "there". do it this one time JAF and watch how many likes you will get on your post. you will be surprised how many people will chime in and praise your comment (you will even see likes from people who do nothing but argue with you) 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  drop the racism. a rapist is locked up, its time to be happy. it doesnt matter what color he is. a rapist is a rapist 

T-Money_Stallion
T-Money_Stallion

 @JoeArpaioFan 

 

You really are a retard, JAF. I don't even feel like typing an explanation for my SN because you're too stupid to understand it. We are all laughing at you, lil bitch. Now, get back to the broiler and make my whopper MY WAY.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan i will actually be nice to you this once. please reread the article carefully. you will find the article is actually very complimentary to the police for finding, getting the DNA, and capturing the guy. i want you be able to see this from the viewpoint of all the people who argue with you and then you might understand some of the reasoning we have. scottsdale PD has a history of problems just like MCSO and any other agency, but people tend to rank crimes like murder and rape as the more dangerous and destructive crimes (crimes that can not be repaired or fixed) as opposed to identity theft or other lesser crimes. nobody really cares for the scottsdale PD, but right now they are giving them credit and praise, because they stopped a criminal who isnt just committing crime HE WAS DESTROYING LIVES. rape and murder are crimes people can not recover from and will both  be a scar that wont heal on any life they touch. you say we all bag on Joe for his bungled sex crime cases, if scottsdale screwed this one up....i assure you, we would also be screaming for scottsdales blood too. PLEASE, i urge you, REREAD the article. if you still see something indicating an outrage that he was arrested...... let me know. i will discuss it civilly without insulting you if you still have questions. if you do reread it and remove your post about people calling for his release, and put a rational post up instead of one saying people want him released. i will commend you for taking the time to calmly taking the time to read the article instead of seeing some kind of conspiracy behind it or just flying off the handle half cocked and uninformed

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