East Coast rapist suspect headed to court Monday

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Posted: Mar 06, 2011 4:30 PM
East Coast rapist suspect headed to court Monday

The man suspected of terrorizing women with sexual assaults from Virginia to Rhode Island over 12 years is scheduled to appear in court in Connecticut.

Police say DNA confirmed that Aaron Thomas, an unemployed truck driver, is the East Coast Rapist, suspected in attacks on at least 17 women.

Thomas tried to hang himself Saturday in his cell and was returned to jail after a brief hospital stay.

New Haven police spokesman Joe Avery said Sunday that the hearing in New Haven Superior Court is still on schedule for Monday.

The East Coast Rapist is wanted for 17 rapes and other attacks in Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island and Virginia that began in 1997. The cases were linked by DNA.