said they have linked at least one burglary sexual assault there to a man arrested in
earlier this year and think there could be more victims, authorities said.
Kevin Lee Francois, 44, is being held in Orange County Jail without bail and awaiting extradition to
Police allege Francois burglarized a Tempe, Ariz., apartment in 2003 and sexually assaulted one of the female residents. Starting in 1984, Francois made numerous trips to Tucson and
, where he has a history of burglary and voyeurism charges, according to a media release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department.
He targeted college-aged women in residential areas surrounding colleges and sometimes stole their driver's licenses, credit cards or college ID cards, police said.
Francois would sometimes burglarize the home and then return later to assault the woman living there, authorities said.
The 2003 burglary and sexual assault was considered "a cold," or unsolved, case until this year.
On Jan. 6, a Newport Beach police officer patrolling the Balboa Peninsula saw a man tinkering with the side door of a house on 41st Street and approached him, said Sgt. Steve Burdette.
The man turned out to be Francois, Burdette said. After talking with the officer for a bit, Francois ran, stopped, then turned toward the officer, who sprayed him with pepper spray, Burdette said.
He was booked on suspicion of resisting arrest. As part of the booking process, police took a
sample of Francois. He posted bail shortly after his arrest. Unbeknownst to Francois, as his DNA was processed and entered into a database shared among police nationwide, officials in Tempe got a match, according to authorities.