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Serial rapist targeting online escorts

Feb. 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM

HOUSTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Investigators say they're searching for a serial rapist involved in at least three attacks on women in the Houston area.

The suspect could be involved in as many as seven rapes of women he met through online escort service, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. The Harris County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit said it is waiting on DNA results to determine if the attacks, which date as far back as 2011, are linked to a single suspect.

The most recent rapes occurred in the past several weeks in northwest Harris County, the newspaper reported.

"Everything points to it being the same actor (suspect)," Lt. Ruben Diaz was quoted as saying.

"He goes online to find these dating escort services, and asks for dates," Diaz said. "The girls come to the location where he's supposedly going to pick them up, and they get dragged into an empty apartment where they are beaten and sexually assaulted."

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