East Coast Rapist trial date

RICHMOND, VA (WWB) - The man suspected of being the "East Coast Rapist" could soon stand trial here in Virginia.

He's been indicted on several charges in Prince William County.

The suspect, Aaron Thomas, is accused of abducting three teenage trick-or-treaters on Halloween in 2009 and raping two of them.

Thomas faces several charges in Prince William County including two counts of rape and three counts of abduction.

He was arrested last year in his hometown of New Haven, Connecticut.

Police say a thrown out cigarette butt provided the DNA link they were hoping for.

They say that DNA evidence connects him to more than a dozen rapes and attacks from Virginia to Connecticut.

Thomas had been held in Connecticut on charges connected to a 2007 sexual assault.

Police in Connecticut agreed to extradite him here to Virginia to faces charges here first.

A police sergeant testified that Thomas confessed to the Halloween rapes, but only after complaining that a police sketch failed to depict him properly.

Thomas is scheduled to go on trial July 31.

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