Vernon PD: Suspect in cold case sexual assaults arrested

Crime

VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — Vernon Police announced Thursday they have made an arrest in connection to a series of cold case sexual assaults and burglaries.

Police said 47-year-old Angelo Alleano Jr., of Vernon, was arrested on Wednesday and was charged with four counts of sexual assault and three counts of burglary.

Between 2001 and 2008, both Manchester and Vernon police investigated several burglaries in homes where the suspect sexually assaulted his victims. Police believed the incidents were related to the same suspect.

They said the first attack happened in August 2001 at the Squire Village Apartments in Manchester. The 84-year-old victim claims the suspect broke in and raped her on her couch at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Police reports state he would place a pillow over his victims’ faces, threaten them and ask them for money. Victims also said he had an issue performing the sexual acts.

A “John Doe” warrant was signed in 2010 as police tried to identify the suspect with forensic evidence left at the scenes. Police said new ancestry technology has led them to identify Alleano as “John Doe.”

“Information based on the evidence obtained a profile at all four scenes of the incidents and provided them to the forensic lab,” Lieutenant Ryan Shea said.

At the time of arrest, Alleano was already at the Vernon Police Department for an investigation into an unrelated domestic violence offense. He gave a DNA sample and was linked to the cold cases. He was also arrested in the domestic violence chase and was charged with disorderly conduct.

“This case should send a strong message: we will not give up,” said Vernon Police Lieutenant William Meier.

His bond is set at $5 million. He will be arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Friday.

Police said this investigation is still ongoing. The FBI and Eastern Connecticut Health Network have assisted with the investigation.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Hartford

Man fatally shot during domestic dispute in Bloomfield

News /

Sen. Blumenthal, families of gun violence gather in Hartford following President Biden's series of executive orders on gun control

News /

PD release identity of alleged caregiver wanted in Rocky Hill homicide of 75-year-old man

News /

PRESS CONFERENCE - State Police give update on Rocky Hill homicide investigation into death of 75-year-old man.

News /

Trinity Health of New England’s 24-hour Vax-A-Thon continues into Saturday

News /

Long-term care workers storm state DPH building demanding more on-the-job protections, detained by police

News /
More Hartford

Tolland

Five UConn dorms in residential quarantine to stop spread of COVID

News /

Member of UConn men's soccer team arrested on fugitive charge related to sex assault, unlawful restraint charges

News /

Connecticut's first condo lifted for pyrrhotite removal in Willington

News /

UConn announces plans for in-person commencement ceremonies

News /

100-year-old Vernon resident gets fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at local mass clinic

News /

Southeastern CT leaders discuss how cities, towns will spend new COVID relief funding

News /
More Tolland

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss