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Police use cigarette pack to track down rape suspect

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A 23-year-old man has been indicted on rape and burglary charges after police in Sioux Falls used his cigarette pack to track him down.

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A 23-year-old man has been indicted on rape and burglary charges after police in Sioux Falls used his cigarette pack to track him down.

The Argus Leader reports an indictment charges Sioux Falls resident Mario Banegas-Jaen with second-degree rape and first-degree burglary.

A woman told police a man entered her apartment on Feb. 10 and raped her. Court records show the man, later identified as Banegas-Jaen, left a pack of cigarettes in the victim's bedroom, and police used a convenience store's surveillance video to see who had bought the same cigarette brand around the time of the incident.

The newspaper reports Banegas-Jaen told police he "had sex" with the victim, whom he didn't know, and wanted to apologize.

Banegas-Jaen is at the Minnehaha County Jail. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney who could comment on his case.

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