Man accused of rapes charged in Conn. prison fight

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Posted: Apr 14, 2011 5:48 PM

A Connecticut man suspected of rapes up and down the East Coast has been charged with assault after a fight in prison.

Correction Department spokesman Brian Garnett said Thursday that Aaron Thomas "scuffled" with cellmate Thomas Torres in a day room at the MacDougall-Walker prison in Suffield.

The Hartford Courant, which first reported the fight, said it occurred the morning of March 31.

Torres suffered abrasions to his neck and knee and Thomas was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Thomas has been held since his March 4 arrest on rape and other charges in his hometown of New Haven. Authorities say DNA confirmed he was responsible for rapes and other attacks on 17 women from Virginia to Connecticut.

He is due back in court on April 27.