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Phoenix man’s DNA links him to 2002 sexual assault

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man is in custody accused of sexually assaulting a
woman nearly 12 years ago.

Authorities said DNA evidence links 52-year-old Melvin Lavance Yarbor to the
case and he’s being held without bond on suspicion of three counts of sexual
assault and kidnapping.

Authorities said Yarbor is on lifetime probation because of a prior conviction.

Yarbor allegedly stopped his vehicle and allegedly offered a ride to a
then-18-year-old woman in February 2002.

The woman told police that Yarbor started kissing her and became upset when she
refused to have sex with him.

She said he punched her in the face and sexually assaulted.

Yarbor wasn’t identified, but the woman received a sexual-assault medical
examination and DNA was obtained.

Yarbor was recently linked to the DNA sample and arrested Monday.

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