New Haven Man Indicted In Virginia ‘East Coast Rapist’ Case

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A suspect in a series of rapes along the East Coast has been indicted in Virginia and could stand trial this summer.

A grand jury in Prince William County returned an indictment Tuesday that charges Aaron Thomas with abducting three teenage trick-or-treaters on Halloween 2009 and raping two of them.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert says the indictment includes two counts of rape, three counts of abduction with intention to defile and three counts of use of a firearm during a commission of a felony.

A trial is scheduled for July 31.

Thomas was arrested last year in Connecticut and had been held there on charges connected to a 2007 sexual assault.

But Connecticut officials agreed to extradite him to Virginia to face charges there first.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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