(Memphis) Police have arrested a suspect in the serial rapes that spanned nearly a decade in Cordova.
Police say tips led them to 41-year-old Anthony Alliano after they released surveillance photos of the suspect.
Investigators recently matched the suspect’s DNA to six attacks beginning in 2003.
In a 2010 incident, that took place on Oak Springs Drive, the attacker stole the victim’s credit card then used it at a store.
Officers pulled surveillance video from the store to get a picture of the suspect they released to the news media.
After officers arrested Alliano, someone who saw him use the card picked Alliano out of a photo lineup.
Some women we talked along Oak Springs Drive don’t remember ever seeing Alliano in their neighborhood, but are relieved to hear someone has been arrested.
“I feel a lot more secure than I did, absolutely. We were all looking out for each other down here,” said Marlene Griffin.
Previously, Nalliano was charged with statutory rape after he was discovered in a hotel room with a 16-year-old girl.
He admitted to having sex with the girl, but the case was later dismissed.
In 2004, he was also convicted of simple assault in another case and put on probation.
People in Cordova are impressed with the detective work in this case and glad someone stepped forward to help police.
“We really didn’t think they would catch him because he has eluded them for quite a while. So, we are glad,” said Kay Travis
Travis and Griffin say they will still take extra precautions when it comes to their safety, but at least can breathe a little easier now.
“Thank you for the good news. That makes our day,” said Griffin.
So far Alliano has only been charged in the one case.
He is being held without bond and will make his first court appearance Thursday.