Court docs: fingerprint, DNA evidence led to arrest of suspected Indianapolis serial rapist

Indianapolis Area Crime

INDIANAPOLIS – A fingerprint recovered from the scene of a sexual assault led investigators to arrest a suspected serial rapist, according to court records.

Darrell Goodlow is accused of six sexual assaults involving eight victims over the span of more than a year.

The suspect was tracked down to a home on Indy’s east side and arrested on Friday.

While we aren’t releasing the specific locations of those crimes, all but one of those victims lived less than two miles from the suspect’s home.

The first case was reported in Aug. 2020; the most recent one took place in September 2021.

According to the affidavit, police found Goodlow’s fingerprint at the most recent rape scene, which took place just two weeks ago.

That allowed the county crime lab to secure a warrant for Goodlows DNA, which matched evidence collected from all eight victims.

In all six cases, women reported they’d been raped by an “unknown Black male.” In several of the cases, the man was armed with a knife and threatened to kill the victim, according to court documents.

The FBI and Lawrence Police Department assisted in the investigation.

“It likely isn’t the full picture that there was just these eight victims,” said Laura Palumbo.

Laura Palumbo, with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, wonders if there could be additional victims because rape often goes unreported.

“Sexual assault is the most underreported violent crime,” said Palumbo.  “It’s also not uncommon for there to be a pattern of multiple victims, if someone hasn’t faced any consequences for previous sexual assaults.”

In fact, police reports show Goodlow was suspected of another rape in 2017, but was never charged or arrested for that crime.

Laura Palumbo encourages every victim of sexual violence to seek help dealing with the trauma.

“Every survivor of sexual assault is different, but you shouldn’t have to face this experience alone,” said Palumbo.

The suspect is being held on a 200 thousand dollar bond and is due in court for an initial hearing later this week.

If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can call RAINN, a national sexual assault hotline. All calls are free and confidential. You can also reach out to the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human trafficking.

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