Report: Suspected Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo was arrested, then released by Sacramento police in 1996

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Joseph DeAngeleo, better known as the suspected Golden State Killer , was arrested back in 1996 by Sacramento police and later let go.

DeAngelo was a suspect in a gas station robbery, but the charges were ultimately dismissed.

TIMELINE: A look back at the Golden State Killer's crime spree that lasted a decade

He was arrested last April after investigators used DNA evidence to link him to a crime scene.

He is accused of at least 13 murders and numerous sexual assaults dating back to the 1970's.

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