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Police increase patrol around suspect’s home

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GINA R. HEINE
February 28, 2008
— Police are stepping up patrol around the home of the suspect in the city’s so-called serial rape case after someone spray painted the word “rape” on the garage door, Janesville Police Capt. Dan Davis said.

The vandalism occurred Tuesday night, three days after police arrested Michael R. Huber, 31, at his home, 2133 Ontario Drive, Janesville.


Huber remains in the Rock County Jail on a $110,000 cash bond after being charged with first-degree sexual assault and burglary. Police believe he committed all six home invasions between 1998 and 2005.


Fingerprint evidence linked him to a 1998 home invasion and rape, police said. Police learned Tuesday that Huber’s DNA matches DNA from a 2003 home invasion and rape, and police say DNA from the 2003 and 1998 cases match each other.


Additional official confirmation of a DNA match to the 2003 case will lead prosecutors to file charges in that incident, assistant district attorney Mary Bricco said in court Tuesday.


Huber’s wife told police she’s seen an increase in traffic driving past her home, and people have been shouting from their vehicles in front of the home, Davis said.


Davis said he doesn’t understand the thought process behind the vandalism.


“The bottom line is that Mr. Huber’s family’s been victimized as well. There’s really no sense in victimizing them further,” he said.


Police found the cap for the spray can, but they did not find any fingerprints, he said. Police found indications the vandal was wearing a glove, he said.


An extra patrol officer on each shift will be assigned to the neighborhood for the near future, he said.


“It would just seem to me that at some point there would be some human compassion, and people would understand that his family is going through a lot,” Davis said, “and doing this to them—if that’s how somebody’s trying to send a message to Mr. Huber—that’s kind of a twisted way of getting that.”



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