A Phoenix ex-con was charged Monday with 17 counts in connection with a Sept. 20 attack on two women that was attributed to the Baseline Killer.
Mark G oudeau, 42, is accused of kidnapping two Phoenix sisters, ages 23 and 21, at gunpoint and then committing various sexual offenses against them, according to the complaint filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.
“The victims of these brutal crimes deserve justice,” Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that this defendant never again walks the streets a free man.”
Phoenix police and Thomas have stopped short of saying that they have jailed the Baseline Killer — blamed in a series of rapes, assaults, robberies and killings since August 2005 — but they are confident in the evidence they have against Goudeau in the Sept. 20 rapes.
A source familiar with the investigation said Goudeau is linked to the rape by DNA.
Police have said the 23 crimes by the Baseline Killer are linked either forensically or by method of operation.
Eight homicides and three robberies are definitively connected by “forensic” evidence, but police won’t disclose what that link is.
They do say, however, that the Sept. 20 rape is not among those 11 forensically linked crimes.
Katie Decker, spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Corrections, said Friday that Goudeau gave a DNA sample on Nov. 7, 2002, under a law that requires all convicted felons to provide one.
The samples are placed into the Combined DNA Index System, a national database.
In 1990, Goudeau was convicted and sentenced to 21 years behind bars for three counts of aggravated assault, kidnapping and armed robbery in two separate incidents in 1989 and 1990.
In one incident, he beat a woman with a shotgun and chased off two witnesses who saw him.
He later robbed a Fry’s store while awaiting trial on the first crime.
The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency in March 2004 voted 4-1 to grant parole to Goudeau. He had been considered a model prisoner, with the exception of one fight early in his prison term, Decker said. He was released that August.
Thomas on Monday called for the Board of Executive Clemency to place a moratorium on the release of violent offenders.
Thomas said the public has a right to expect sentences to be served fully and that Goudeau hoodwinked a “naive and misguided” clemency board.
Duane Belcher, chairman of the board, said the board’s decisions are made with the utmost care and based on information it has before it at the time of the parole hearing.