Another woman attacked in Philadelphia

Dec. 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A woman was assaulted Monday morning at the same Philadelphia corner where another was raped in October, police said.

At 2:11 a.m., the 36-year-old woman was hit in the head with a brick and threatened with scissors, police told The Philadelphia Inquirer. The attacker tried to rape her, but she escaped.

Authorities have not said if the crime is linked to a series of attacks on women in Kensington and nearby neighborhoods.

Allison Edwards, 22, was found strangled Friday, the latest of three women killed by strangulation since Nov. 3.

Four other women report being choked, most to the point of unconsciousness, since early October. One of them was attacked on Halloween at the same location as Monday's victim.

Investigators have not officially connected Edwards' death to the two others, which have been linked by DNA evidence.

In an interview Sunday, Edwards' mother, Karen Emery, noted a similarity in the cases: All three victims were found on a date containing the numeral 3, the Inquirer said. Edwards was found Dec. 3.

Emery also said her daughter had told her she may have met one of the earlier victims. All three women had longtime drug problems.

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