East Coast Rapist Arrested, Confirmed By DNA

It appears New Haven police have confirmed that the man they arrested in Connecticut on Friday is the East Coast Rapist. Police collected DNA and the state police forensic lab matched it to crimes committed by 39 year old Aaron Thomas.
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Apparently Mr. Thomas was dubbed the East Coast Rapist based on his spree or terrorizing women up and down the U.S. east coast from Virginia to Rhode Island over the last 12 years. New Haven police have charged the East Coast Rapist with first degree sexual assault AND risk of injury to a minor, while Virginia authorities are charging Aaron Thomas with being a fugitive of justice, as well as rape, and abduction.

The East Coast Rapist (who gives these criminals a title??) was wanted for 17 rapes and other attacks in four different states on the east coast, including Maryland, and Connecticut.


Police say DNA confirms suspect arrested in Connecticut is East Coast Rapist
Grand Forks Herald, on Sat, 05 Mar 2011 08:19:32 -0800

Federal and local authorities said Friday March 4, 2011 they have arrested a suspect in the so-called East Coast Rapist case. Members of the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Aaron Thomas, 39, “without incident” at his home in New Haven, 

Tip yields arrest in East Coast Rapist case

Mar 5, 2011  The long search for the elusive East Coast Rapist yielded an arrest Friday after a tip came in from someone who knew the suspect.

“East Coast Rapist” suspect arrested in Conn. – CBS News

Mar 4, 2011  U.S. Marshals Service says suspect is believed to be responsible for rapes and other attacks on 17 women since 1997.