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UPDATE: 3rd Charge Filed Against Accused Lake Highlands Rapist


Updated, 6:05 p.m.: DNA tests came back Wednesday, and police filed a third sexual assault charge against Cesar Benitez, who's being held on $4.5 million bail at the Dallas County Jail.

Our original post continues: Dallas police say a CrimeStoppers tip led to the arrest of a man who has confessed to three sexual assaults in the Lake Highlands community. Police arrested 30-year-old Cesar Benitez yesterday after he ran away during a traffic stop.

Benitez has been charged with aggravated sexual assault in the Feb. 22 crime and one count of sexual assault in the March 15 ofincident. In a statement on the Dallas Police Department’s Facebook page, officials say the March 19 sexual assault is still under investigation “to determine the most applicable charges.” 

Watch the DPD’s Tuesday night press conference here:

Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.