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DNA clears child sex assault suspect

PUEBLO, Colo. - DNA evidence has cleared a man accused of sexually assaulting a little girl in Pueblo.

The crime happened on the east side on April 26.

Police say that on May 19, members of the American Indian Movement followed and confronted Wayne Cody, 54, about the attack.

The group detained Cody, then brought the victim of the assault to identify him. The girl said Cody was the man who attacked her, and police were called.

Pueblo Police say Cody cooperated with their investigation and provided a sample for DNA analysis. Cody was not arrested because of the circumstances surrounding his detention.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation analyzed the DNA collected from Cody, and compared it to a sample that was collected after the sexual assault.

Police say the test results were not a match to Mr. Cody, and he is no longer considered a person of interest in the case.

In a news release, Pueblo Police said in part that "citizens should leave the contacting of possible suspects and the identification by victims to members of law enforcement."

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