Luis Vargas was in 1999 sentenced to 55-years-in-prison after a court convicted him of over 30 rapes in Los Angeles. And he's been in prison since then until yesterday, Monday 23rd November as DNA evidence linked the rape he was convicted of to the so-called "teardrop rapist" who has eluded the authorities.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Ryan exonerated Luis Vargas. The“teardrop rapist” is suspected of more than 30 rapes in the Los Angeles area since 1996 and has never been identified or arrested.
The teardrop rapist gained his nickname for a teardrop tattoo under his eye.
Vargas, lived near the area where several assaults took place and was misidentified as the rapist because he has a similar teardrop tattoo.
Vargas, who has maintained his innocence, reached out to lawyers and students at the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law. He told them he believed the teardrop rapist committed the assaults of which he was convicted, according to AP. The group took up Vargas’ case in 2012.
After his name was cleared, Vargas, 46, was taken back into custody because his green card was revoked when he was convicted of the crimes.