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East Coast Rapist Attempts Suicide

East Coast Rapist Attempts Suicide - Aaron Thomas, the man suspected of raping 17 women over a span of 13 years in four different states, attempted suicide in his New Haven, Conn., jail Saturday, police said.

Thomas, 39, was arrested Friday after police matched a DNA sample taken from him to the profile of the suspect known as the "East Coast Rapist."

He tried to hang himself in his cell, police said. He was taken to the hospital for a few hours, but was back in jail Saturday night, according to police.

Thomas is scheduled to appear Monday in New Haven Superior Court on charges of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on $1 million bond, New Haven Police Lt. Julie Johnson said.

At a press conference Saturday, officials praised the decade-long efforts of police to capture the serial rape suspect, which were stepped up early this week with a new website and billboard ad campaign.

East Coast Rapist Attempts Suicide

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