Police say serial rapist on the loose in Ohio college town

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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – The police chief of a southeastern Ohio college town says authorities are seeking a sexual predator.

Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle on Thursday said DNA evidence has linked three separate but similar sexual assaults – one in 2006 and two last year – to the same suspect. The city is home to Ohio University.

The victims were all young women walking home in the middle of the night. The attacks occurred in 2006, last June 20 and last Dec. 12.

Pyle said police are increasing patrols and asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect. The agency has asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for help with the investigation.

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