Alleged South Phoenix Rapist Set House on Fire After Assault on Girl. Pregnant Fiancee Says He's Being Framed
A great way to draw attention to a house in which you just anally raped a child is to set it on fire --, which is exactly what Phoenix police say Dejuan Donaldson, the alleged south Phoenix rapist, did last month.
The 18-year-old Donaldson's been hit with a laundry list of crimes for alleged sexual assaults over the past several months on three young girls as they walked to school in two south Phoenix neighborhoods. Donaldson lived in each neighborhood at the time of the attacks. When he moved from one neighborhood to the other, the sexual assaults of young girls followed.
The first attack happened on November 22, as the 10-year-old victim was walking to school near 15th Avenue and Southern. According to authorities, the girl was dragged into a vacant home and raped at knife-point before she was released.
The second attack occurred on January 10, in roughly the same area. In that case, the suspect kidnapped the 12-year-old victim as she walked to school and took her to the same abandoned house and assaulted her.
The most recent attack happened on April 25, when authorities say Donaldson forced a 17-year-old South Mountain High School student into a vacant home near 7th Street and Baseline Road and assaulted her.
After the third attack, according to court documents obtained by New Times, Donaldson -- for whatever reason -- set the house on fire.
Donaldson has been linked to each assault by DNA evidence recovered from the victims' bodies, and in one case his fingerprints were discovered on one of the girl's cellphone. Yet, his family, and even his pregnant girlfriend, are convinced the cops got it wrong -- they say he's being framed.
See the video below -- compliments of ABC 15.
In total, Donaldson's been charged with 13 crimes, including sexual assault and kidnapping.
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