Chandler Police Make Arrest In 1991 Sexual Assault Cold Case

CHANDLER – Chandler Police have made an arrest in a sexual assault case that happened approximately twenty-nine years ago. The suspect, Gary Robert Young, was taken into custody after DNA evidence linked him to the scene.

According to Chandler Police, on November 8, 1991, just after 10:00 p.m. a female was kidnapped at gunpoint and sexually assaulted at an apartment complex near Dobson and Frye Roads. A composite sketch was released, evidence was collected, and witnesses interviewed; however, no suspects were identified, and the case went cold.

Police sent evidence from the Chandler sexual assault to the Department of Public Safety Lab, where male DNA was identified in the early 2000’s. The DNA did not reveal a suspect, but connected a second sexual assault case from 1992.

Chandler Police detectives developed a list of possible leads. Young’s name was on this list.

Detectives in July surveilled Young and collected his DNA. His DNA was linked to the 1991 Chandler sexual assault.

Young, now 65, was 36 years old at the time of the assault and he and the victim were strangers, according to Chandler Police.

Young was arrested on the morning of August 5, 2020, at his home, located near 40th Street and McDowell Road.

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