DNA test clears Pueblo man chased by neighbors who thought he was a sex assault suspect

PUEBLO, Colo. - Police say a DNA sample has cleared a man who was chased by vigilantes who thought he was guilty of sexually assaulting a girl in Pueblo.

The group struggled with the man on May 19.

Alex Pacheco, who was one of the pursuers, says residents were looking for a man suspected of two separate sexual acts involving children when they got word that a man matching the suspect's description had been spotted. Pacheco says residents confronted the man and he ran.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, a half dozen people caught the man and held him until police arrived. The man was taken away in a police car and but agreed to give a DNA sample and was not arrested.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported police said Wednesday that test results on the man's sample didn't match a sample taken from the alleged victim.

The investigation is continuing.

Members of the neighborhood said they had begun patrolling the area hoping to reduce what they described as rampant crime.

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