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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dion McDaniel, Rape Suspect Caught on Cell Phone Video, Arrested Inside Doghouse

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 7:25 AM

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Technology is more than just convenient -- it can be a crime stopper. Last week, we told you about an Oakland woman who had enough smarts to shoot some footage of the man who had raped her.

Thanks to that cell phone video, police were able to track down the suspect. Dion McDaniel, 47, was arrested yesterday -- and of all places inside a doghouse.

McDaniel, who reportedly has a long criminal history, was hiding inside the doghouse when he was arrested on suspicion of rape and burglary and booked into the Santa Rita County Jail, police told media outlets.

At about 9:30 a.m. June 7, McDaniel allegedly broke into the 28-year-old woman's home on the 900 block Apgar Street in West Oakland. The woman heard a noise and then was confronted by the suspect who robbed her. She took out her cell phone an began recording him as he took a box of electronic things and left.

Thankfully she got him on camera, because the man came back sexually assaulted her, police said.

You can hear the woman ask the man: "How did you get in here?"

The woman asked police to release the video clip to the media, which plastered the man's face everywhere for the world to see.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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