|Page (1) of 1 - 07/25/11||email article||print page|
APNewsBreak: DNA may connect man suspected in series of East Coast rapes to new case in Md.
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Authorities say a man suspected in a series of rapes along the East Coast may be connected to another sexual assault in Maryland.
Officer Kelly Lawson, a spokeswoman for the Greenbelt Police Department, told The Associated Press on Monday that the man's DNA has been linked to a 1999 rape in that city. She says more testing is needed to establish a firm match to Aaron Thomas, who authorities say has been linked by DNA testing to attacks on 17 other women from Virginia to Connecticut.
Lawson says police will file charges against Thomas if further testing provides a firm DNA match in the Greenbelt case.
Thomas is charged with three rapes in Virginia and one in Connecticut. He has pleaded not guilty in Connecticut.
Associated Press writer John Christoffersen contributed to this report.