Police charge man in Roxborough rape case

Watch report from Action News
March 3, 2014 1:12:47 PM PST
Philadelphia police have charged a man with the rape of a 32-year-old woman in Roxborough.

46-year-old Edward Kappe of the 600 block of Maris Street has been charged with Rape, Aggravated Assault, Theft, Robbery, Burglary, and other related offenses, police announced Sunday afternoon.

Authorities say Kappe lured the victim to a home on the 400 block of Seville Street under false pretenses around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police say the house has been vacant for months and believe the suspect was aware of that, breaking into the home and using it as a place to attack the victim.

Investigators say, once inside the home, the victim was raped and robbed point of knife.

Police say Kappe stole the victim's cell phone and purse, which contained her wallet, various identification and credit cards, and her car keys.

"There are a lot of young females, teenagers on this block that it's just scary. You don't want it to happen on your block," neighbor Paula Henry told Action News Saturday.

Police say the house is on the market and the suspect may have pulled the 'For Sale' sign down hours before the incident and pretended he owned the home.

"He was planning it, I guess," neighbor Robert Smith said. "It's a real bad thing. It should never happen, anywhere."

Neighbors say they saw the suspected rapist running from the home toward Shurs Lane.

One resident told Action News he even dropped some evidence on her property. That evidence was taken into police custody.


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