Po­lice sus­pect man in 3 at­tacks

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Barrera, 29, was the sec­ond of three women as­saulted by Brown early Jan. 1, po­lice of­fi­cials said Thurs­day. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Brown at­tacked an­other woman less than an hour be­fore break­ing into Barrera’s home in the 3100 block of King Street just north­west of the Univer­sity of Texas cam­pus.

The young woman had cel­e­brated New Year’s Eve at the nearby 29th Street Ball­room and walked home alone but was found badly in­jured in­side the house by a friend about 2:35 a.m. She was later pro­nounced dead by paramedics.

DNA was not found at the scene, nor was it col­lected from the first at­tack, po­lice said. But homi­cide De­tec­tive Brett Bai­ley said cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence ties Brown to the slay­ing. Records from a com­puter at his apart­ment com­plex show he was out of the build­ing at the time of the as­saults, he said. De­tec­tives also used fi­nan­cial records to match a bloody shoe im­print found on the side­walk out­side Barrera’s home to the soles of $200 Ecco shoes bought by Brown. The pair was not re­cov­ered, but Acevedo called the shoe print the “smok­ing gun.”

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