DNA links California convict to 1995 Las Vegas sex assault


A man on the run from California law enforcement sexually assaulted a Las Vegas woman and was arrested 27 years later, police said in an arrest report released Tuesday.

Errington Fitzpatrick, 49, was formally charged with sexual assault in January after being released from a California prison and booked in Las Vegas, court documents show.

A Metropolitan Police Department arrest report showed Fitzpatrick had been identified through DNA testing as the suspect in the October 26, 1995 sexual assault of a Las Vegas woman.

The woman was interviewed at the time of the assault and in 2021 when the DNA match came back. Both times she told the same story to the police.

The Las Vegas woman came home from work around 6 p.m. to find Fitzpatrick in her kitchen with a gun, she told police. He sexually assaulted her and forced her to take a shower before tying the woman and her boyfriend up with sheets. The woman said she stole silver dollars, luggage, a 1993 Ford Tempo and a gun from the apartment before fleeing.

“The suspect used Dr. Pepper from the refrigerator and smoked cigarettes throughout the apartment,” police wrote in the report.

The woman told police she believed the attacker was not from Las Vegas because he asked her about the casino chips in her apartment.

At the time, Fitzpatrick was wanted in California for an armed robbery. He was arrested in Chicago on the Los Angeles warrant two days after the Las Vegas assault, and police say he had a sports bag and a weapon matching those stolen in the sexual assault.

Detectives spoke to Fitzpatrick in April 2021 while he was serving time in a San Diego prison. He denied ever being in Las Vegas as an adult.

Fitzpatrick was taken to the Clark County Detention Center on January 14 and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on February 16.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at [email protected] or 702-383-0278. To follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.


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