Courts & Crime

Convicted rapist arrested in connection with K.C. attacks

Kansas City police Wednesday arrested a convicted rapist in connection with the Waldo serial rape investigation.

Police also searched a half-way house where the suspect lived and several homes connected to the suspect Wednesday.

Police declined to identify the suspect, whom they arrested about 4 p.m. after a short foot chase in the 3200 block of Thompson Avenue. The suspect was paroled from prison in 2008 after serving more than 20 years for attempted forcible rape, burglary, and three other convictions. Although he was only charged with one sexual assault, police suspected him in several others in the 1980s.

Police would not say how they came to consider the parolee as a suspect in the five Waldo-area attacks, which occurred between September and February. Police said the five cases shared striking similarities that convinced police they were related.

Dozens of investigators have been working for months, following hundreds of leads called in to the TIPS Hotline, to try to identify the rapist. The attacks spread panic among women in Kansas City, especially after he logged his fifth attack Feb. 22 despite an onslaught of publicity, including a heavily distributed composite sketch, and extra police patrols.

Police have not recorded a similar attack since the one in February.

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