Sacramento cops arrested Golden State Killer suspect in 1996, then let him go

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When authorities arrested Joseph James DeAngelo last April, they said the suspected Golden State Killer had never before been on their radar as a suspect. But DeAngelo, a former police officer, had been arrested 22 years earlier and held in the Sacramento County Jail for 3 1/2 hours on unrelated charges before being released and sent on his way, The Sacramento Bee has learned. DeAngelo, who was 50 at the time, was arrested in a sting operation on April 16, 1996, that targeted individuals with outstanding warrants and notified them that they had won free Super Bowl tickets they could pick up at an office in Sacramento. DeAngelo was one of the suspects who responded, and ended up jailed on allegations he had held up a gas station. Also US & WorldMatthew Ormseth, Los Angeles TimesPilot lived a mysterious double life. Then a plane crash…US & WorldHannah Fry, Richard Winton, Los Angeles TimesMother of girl found dead in duffel bag is extradited to… At the time, officials say, they would have had no way of knowing that one of the nation’s most sought-after criminal suspects was in their grasp. No DNA samples were routinely taken during bookings… Read full this story

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