Suspect in East Coast Rapist case to face trial in Virginia

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The suspect in the East Coast Rapist case will be extradited to Virginia to stand trial, a Connecticut judge has ruled.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano ruled Monday that he would allow 40-year-old Aaron H. Thomas to be extradited, according to the Associated Press.

The judge approved an extradition request from prosecutors in both states for Thomas, who is suspected in a string of attacks along the East Coast between 1997 and 2009. He is now slated to first face charges in Prince William County.

Thomas was arrested in New Haven in March. His attorneys had contested the extradition.

Thomas was apprehended after a tipster called Prince George's County Crime Solvers and Thomas' DNA was matched to forensic evidence from crime scenes.

At least 17 attacks believed to have been committed by the East Coast Rapist have been reported in Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The earliest known was in Prince George's County in 1997. The most recent was the rape of two Virginia teenagers in Dale City on Halloween night in 2009.

So far, Thomas has been formally charged in a 2007 New Haven rape, as well as in Prince William and Loudoun counties.

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