Aaron Thomas, Suspected East Coast Rapist, Has Ties To Woodbridge, Va.

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  • (WUSA)- - Aaron Thomas, the suspected East Coast Rapist, lived in Woodbridge from 2000- 2005.  The home is about a mile from the 4300 block of Dale Boulevard, where police say he attacked three teenage girls after a night of trick or treating.  He allegedly dragged them into nearby woods and raped the two 17-year-olds at gunpoint.  The 16-year-old texted her mom for help.

    "Oh my God, I am so nervous about it...I couldn't sleep." Costella Shamsiddin moved into the Woodbridge home 2 years after Thomas moved out.  She remember the 2009 rape and says she did not let her daughters leave the house during that time.  She says mail under Aaron Thomas' name is still delivered to the house.

    Thomas was arrested after an anonymous tip to Prince William County Police.  He is an unemployed truck driver who lived in New Haven, Conn., with his girlfriend and their 5-year-old child.


    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- 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.  Thomas will have a court hearing Monday.

    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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