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Man arrested, charged in serial rapes in Corona and Riverside

A man has been arrested in Arizona and charged in serial rapes and assaults that took place between 1996 and 1998 in Riverside and then in 2007 in Corona, Riverside County authorities said Wednesday, June 17.

Darin Edward Cooke, 50, has been charged with six counts of forcible rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, three counts of assault with intent to commit rape, two counts of kidnapping and one count of forcible sexual penetration. There are six victims.

Cooke was arrested May 26 in Prescott, Arizona and is in custody in Riverside, Corona Police Chief George Johnstone said.

The attacks happened in Riverside between 1996 and 1998, and in Corona in 2007.

Cooke was scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday in Riverside County Superior Court. His record indicates multiple prior felony convictions.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

Source: Orange County Register

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