EXCLUSIVE: Rape suspect possibly spotted

February 18, 2009 9:05:49 PM PST
Philadelphia Police say a serial rape suspect may have been spotted last night by a woman who used cunning and courage to avoid becoming a possible victim. "All of sudden I look to my left and there is a person there. The door closes and I thought I should get off this elevator, but I stayed on it and I knew I was in jeopardy," a woman said.

The woman doesn't want to be identified, but says the man was in the elevator with her Tuesday night around 5:30 p.m. in the evening is the same man who police say has terrorized at least five victims since October.

She says when she got off on the third floor, he followed her.

She bypassed her apartment and went into the stairwell.

"I hear him come out, go down the stairwell after me, and I run," the woman said.

She ran into the lobby and frantically found another resident.

"She said we need to go outside and then we made our calls; we called the management company and then we called the police," the woman said.

The suspicious man never turned up. He apparently fled through a back door.

The serial rapist first attacked in late October.

Police say he forced a young woman and her boyfriend into their apartment, robbed them, and raped the woman.

A month later he terrorized two University of Pennsylvania students inside a University City apartment, tying one up and raping the other.

Investigators call him cold and calculating.

His apparent reemergence has residents frightened and shocked.

"Somebody was talking to the cops like is this normal for someone to come back to the same building and the police guy said oh yeah sure, they know the building inside and out, they have a comfort level," resident Joseph Fishman said.

The eyewitness tells Action News, the man in this photo has trimmed back his beard.

There is a $20,000 dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.

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