13-month manhunt ended with the arrest of a man in a string of five slayings that terrorized San Diego last year.

Cleophus Prince, 23, was taken into custody without incident Sunday in Birmingham, Ala., on a warrant accusing him of stabbing to death five women.San Diego Police Chief Bob Burgreen said much of the murder case was based on DNA evidence, but he wouldn't elaborate.

"A whole variety of things that ultimately came together pointed to Mr. Prince," said police spokesman Dave Cohen.

The attacks occurred in the daytime from January through September in the city's Clairemont and University City areas. Police said the killer entered through unlocked doors or windows.