Police: DNA confirms suspect 'East Coast Rapist'

Saturday, March 05, 2011
Rape Arrest

New Haven police say DNA confirmed that a man arrested Friday in Connecticut is the East Coast Rapist suspected of terrorizing women with sexual assaults from Virginia to Rhode Island over 12 years.

Lt. Julie Johnson said DNA was collected and subsequently matched by the state police forensic lab confirming 39-year-old Aaron Thomas was the East Coast Rapist.

Johnson said New Haven police have charged Thomas with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor and he was being held on $1 million bond. Authorities in Prince William County, Virginia, are charging him with being a fugitive from justice as well as rape and abduction charges.

The East Coast Rapist is wanted for 17 rapes and other attacks in Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island and Virginia.

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