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Crime Solvers Tip Aids in Capture of East Coast Rapist
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From Fairfax County:

  Crime Solvers programs around the region are applauding their role in a recent capture. An anonymous tip through Crime Solvers assisted police in the arrest of the highly sought-after “East Coast Rapist.” Detectives around the region and as far reaching as Rhode Island and Connecticut worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create a website and billboard signs that ran up and down the east coast with pertinent information in a series of sexual assaults.

            More than 12 women and children were reportedly sexually assaulted by the same man. Those attacks began in Prince Georges County, MD in February, 1997. The suspect then attacked women in Fairfax County, VA, Leesburg, VA, Cranston, RI, New Haven, CT and Prince William County, VA. DNA in those cases all returned to the same suspect.   

            Detectives launched the billboards and website, bringing a great deal of media attention to the story. That publicity reached an anonymous tipster who contacted Prince Georges County Crime Solvers. The information provided by that tipster identified a suspect that detectives were already investigating and accelerated the arrest of the alleged suspect, Aaron Thomas, 39, of New Haven, CT, on March 6, in New Haven, CT.

            As a result of that arrest, the anonymous tipster will now receive cash rewards from Prince Georges County Crime Solvers, Fairfax County Crime Solvers and Prince William County Crime Solvers.

            Crime Solvers is a non-profit, 501c3 organization that works to assist law enforcement by providing the public an anonymous means to report information on crime and criminals. Crime Solvers is not run by law enforcement. There are Crime Solvers programs operating around the world under the same premise. Tipsters may phone, text or e-mail their tips and their anonymity is protected under state law. Tipsters do not have to provide their names, phone numbers or any other identifying information and they never have to appear in court. They receive a tip number in exchange for their information.

            Throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., several Crime Solvers programs participate in a regional, toll-free number: 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

            In addition, many of those participating agencies also provide texting and e-mail capabilities to report information anonymously. The National Capital Area Crime Solvers regional tip line covers the following jurisdictions:

  • In Maryland:  Charles County, Montgomery County and Prince Georges County
  • In Virginia:  Arlington County, Fairfax County, City of Falls Church and Prince William County
  • Washington, D.C.
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