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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

'Early Morning Rapist' Trial Stalled for Months Now: UPDATE

Lakewood, Cleveland Police Discuss Investigation

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:03 PM

click to enlarge Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley announces James Daniel's connection to a Lakewood crime. - ERIC SANDY / SCENE
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  • Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley announces James Daniel's connection to a Lakewood crime.
Last fall, we reported the story of James Daniel III, dubbed the "Early Morning Rapist," whose Sept. 2 attack and rape of a woman once again landed him firmly in the sight-lines of Lakewood and Cleveland law enforcement.

He has been charged in connection with four robberies and two rapes on the city's westside.

Daniel's trial was stalled this week after the court found out that defense attorney Frank Cavallo had an infected abscessed tooth.

In February, Daniel's trial was stalled for the first time after he smeared poop on himself, glared at female jurors, faked a suicide attempt and tried to smuggle a paper clip into his holding cell.

The trial has been reset for April 20.

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Originally published Sept. 25, 2014

Following through on an investigation that combined a great deal of modern technology and traditional gumshoe police work, Cleveland and Lakewood police today announced that James Daniel, the man arrested for the Sept. 2 attack and rape on West 104th Street, has been connected via DNA to an Aug. 30 attack and rape on Warren Road in Lakewood. Investigators also connected him to a 2000 rape on Cleveland's eastside. Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley added that Daniel is being investigated for an aggravated robbery from 2010 in that city.

Described as a "serial criminal," Daniel had been suspected of the Lakewood rape ever since the crime in Cleveland, widely reported to the public, was brought to light.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty extolled the dozens of investigators who put in "hundreds of combined hours" over just the past two weeks. He said that this sort of investigation might have taken months in the past, but the widespread presence of cameras throughout the westside and advances in DNA processing contributed to a quick consensus. 

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The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Daniel last week at his brother's home on West 87th Street. He is being held on a $750,000 bond. His brother is being investigated for a number of other crimes in the area, but police confirmed today that he was the man seen driving Daniel to the West 104th Street neighborhood right before the Sept. 2 attack. 

"Definitely this is a guy who should not be seeing the light of day again on our streets," McGinty said, then echoing his statement to past criminals: "You can run but you can't hide."


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