New video released in 'Kensington Strangler' case

KENSINGTON - December 17, 2010

The black and white video shows a man in a winter coat walking down a sidewalk. The video was shot on December 6th in the 1800 block of Sergeant Street shortly before a woman survived a sexual assault.

"This is a male that is seen about 45 minutes prior to that assault in the same area," said Capt. John Darby of the Philadelphia Police.

In that incident, the victim was attacked with scissors, but she was able to fight the man off.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s standing about 5'7" to 5'10" tall and 170 pounds, who walks with a distinctive gait, favoring his left foot. He has also been described as having long sideburns and listens to an iPod.

"This male is not a phantom, this male did not crawl into a hole. He's out there, he is interacting with others," said Capt. Darby.

This comes a day after police said a third woman appears to have become a victim of the 'Strangler.'

Police Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn announced the results of an autopsy on the 27-year-old woman at a news conference Thursday. It appears the killing may be connected to the person responsible for two earlier murders in the city's Kensington section, Blackburn said.

The woman, Casey Mahoney of East Stoudsburg, was found dead in a wooded area near a set of train tracks on the 100 block of East Tusculum on Wednesday night. The area, police say, is known to be used by drug users.

Mahoney is the mother of a young child. Police say she was a known drug user and believe she was in the Kensington area seeking a fix when she ended up in the hands of the Kensington strangler.

According to police, Mahoney was nude from the waist down, was strangled and appeared to have been sexually assaulted, as were the other two victims.

Monroe County records show that Mahoney made a court appearance there back on Monday to answer pending DUI charges. By Wednesday, she was dead in Philadelphia.

Mahoney's body was found blocks from where the two earlier victims, Elaine Goldberg, 21, and Nicole Piacentini, 35, were discovered last month. DNA evidence has determined that those two killings are linked.

At least three other women have reported being attacked by a man who choked, sexually assaulted or hit them, police said.

Meanwhile, the family of Elaine Goldberg announced Friday that they've increased a reward for information in this case to $4,000.

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