Police aren’t closing the door on the Baseline Killer spree despite the arrest Wednesday night of a 42-year-old parolee. Mark Goudeau of Phoenix is behind bars, but Phoenix authorities won’t say if they’ve captured the serial killer believed responsible for eight homicides and 23 crimes overall in Phoenix and Tempe.
Detectives have linked Goudeau through forensic evidence to only one case attributed to the Baseline Killer: The rape of two sisters Sept. 20 at 3100 W. Vineyard Road in Phoenix.
Police and city officials treaded lightly through two morning news conferences Thursday, driving home the message that there still remains much work to solve the remainder of the cases.
“I wouldn’t make any assumptions about whether or not this individual is or is not responsible for the other crimes at this time because it’s just simply a matter of letting the investigation play out,” Phoenix police Cmdr. Kim Humphrey said.
However, Humphrey said, Goudeau “definitely resembles” the man in the composite sketches of the Baseline Killer.
“It is possible that there is more than one individual who has been perpetrating these crimes,” Humphrey said. “It is also possible that there is one individual that has perpetrated all these crimes.”
The cautious mood varies greatly from the early August arrests of Dale S. Hausner and Samuel J. Dieteman, both of Mesa, as suspects in the Valleywide Serial Shooter spree.
“We know we have the individuals involved,” Phoenix assistant police chief Kevin Robinson said after those arrests.
The hunt for the Baseline Killer sent scores of officers onto Valley streets. Police racked up thousands of hours patrolling and following up on hundreds of tips, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said.
On Thursday morning, Goudeau said nothing while making his initial court appearance at Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix.
He was booked on four counts of sexual assault and two counts each of aggravated assault, sexual abuse and kidnapping. Superior Court Commissioner Sheila Madden ordered him held without bail.
The Baseline Killer hasn’t struck since June 29, when 37-year-old Carmen Miranda was kidnapped at a carwash in the 2900 block of East Thomas Road and later killed. The crime scene is only a short distance from Goudeau’s home at 2824 E. Pinchot Ave.
Neighbors said police had been watching the area since Sunday.
Randy Reyman, who has lived on North 29th Street for 30 years, said he saw up to 20 unmarked police vehicles go to Goudeau’s address.
Police stopped Goudeau in his truck near his home and took him downtown on his 42nd birthday, said Goudeau’s nephew, Travis Carro.
East Pinchot Avenue is nestled in an area where the Baseline Killer struck on multiple occasions between Sept. 15, 2005, and June 29.
Humphrey said detectives will study Goudeau’s habits and retrace where he went as they continue to investigate.
“Those are all questions that our investigators are now just starting to put together,” Humphrey said.
Police refused Thursday to disclose the forensic evidence that links Goudeau to the attack. They also are not saying what forensic evidence they have that links 11 other cases to the Baseline Killer.