It’s a case that’s been brewing for the better part of three decades. Now, Atlanta police believe they finally have indictments in the case of the “Maintenance Man Rapist.”
It began as a string of rapes at apartment buildings along I-85 from downtown all the way to Lenox Road in 1986 and 1987.
“The individual had used different guises to get into people’s apartments, so we gave him the nickname, ‘Maintenance Man,’” said Atlanta Police Inspector Alton Calhoun, a member of the homicide cold case squad. “We got what we call a DNA hit, where the person was actually identified (by name).”
Calhoun said the suspect is Daniel Wade, 62, now a federal prisoner in Kentucky where he was incarcerated after a robbery conviction. Wade now faces five rape charges in Atlanta. Calhoun said the suspect could be linked to as many as 24 more cases.
Wade’s victims included children and old women, said Calhoun.
Although initially reluctant to relive the nightmares of their assaults almost 30-years later, Calhoun said four of them are now willing to testify in hopes of keeping Wade behind bars.
As for police, who have pursued this case for almost three decades, Wade said, “Satisfied is an understatement.”
For many who worked on these cases in the 1980s, Calhoun said this case has never gone away.