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Man arrested for series of sexual assaults dating back to 1995

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Posted at 3:28 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 16:24:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A man accused of sexually assaulting six women at knife point was arrested following a decades-long investigation.

According to the San Diego Police Department, between August 18, 1995 and November 17, 1995, four women were sexually assaulted at knife point in San Diego. DNA evidence was collected, but investigators were unable to identify a suspect.

In March 2002 and November 2004, two more women were sexually assaulted at knife point in Riverside County, but the suspect still wasn’t able to be identified.

That all changed when the San Diego Police Department reached out the the FBI Forensic Genetic Genealogy Team in February of 2019.

Using a public access genealogical database, investigators were able to identify Christopher VanBuskirk, 46, as the suspect in all six cases.

VanBuskirk, who currently lives in Goodyear, Arizona, was arrested on April 29 and extradited to San Diego on May 6, where he will be charged for the 1995 cases.

He was booked into the San Diego Central Jail for three counts of rape and one count each of forcible sex with a foreign object and forcible oral copulation with a minor 14 or older. He is being held on $5 million bail.

Anyone with additional information on the cases is asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.