A man believed to be responsible for a series of sexual assaults and attempted sexual assaults that occurred between January 1997 and October 2009 has been arrested in New Haven, Connecticut. 39 year old Aaron Hajjmalik Thomas is in custody and is being questioned in connection with the case that has been dubbed the “East Coast Serial Rapist.” All of the assaults are believed to have been committed by the same suspect after linking DNA evidence collected at the crime scenes.
First Sgt. Kim Chin of the Prince William County Police said the suspect was arrested Friday in Connecticut and that he was found through a combination of investigative work and a tip called into Crime Solvers.
The suspect was apprehended by U.S. Marshals on a warrant issued from Prince William County. Authorities said Aaron Thomas was taken into custody in New Haven at his home without incident by the Fugitive Task Force.
Early this week, law enforcement launched a massive media campaign, posting composite sketches of the suspect on digital billboards throughout the Northeast. A website was also launched with detailed information about the crimes in an attempt to generate a break in the case.
Aaron Thomas was cited for numerous traffic violations in Clarke County in 2005 for infractions ranging from no registration to improper equipment. Authorities believe he may have been employed as a truck driver at the time. Further traffic violations recorded in Fairfax County District Court document the suspect having lived in Woodbridge VA., Berryville VA., and New Haven CT.
Prince William County Police and other agencies involved in the investigation have scheduled a press conference for Saturday morning.