East Coast Rapist Suspect Arrested in Connecticut

 NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man they
arrested in Connecticut on suspicion of being responsible for rapes
and other attacks on 17 women since 1997 and dubbed the East Coast

 Police spokesman Joe Avery says 39-year-old Aaron Thomas of New
Haven was arrested Friday afternoon at his home by the U.S.
Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.

 Avery says Thomas "has been identified as the East Coast

 U.S. Marshal Joe Faughnan says a lead from
authorities in Virginia led them to Thomas.

Authorities recently started posting sketches of the suspect on
electronic billboards in states where attacks occurred, including
Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland and Rhode Island.

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