'East Coast Rapist' Suspect Attempts Suicide in Jail

Aaron Thomas suffers only slight injuries, returned to jail later
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2011 6:04 AM CST
This composite of artists' sketches shows the likeness of a suspect wanted for 12 sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults between 1997 and 2009 in four states.   (AP Photo/Fairfax County Police, File)

(Newser) – The man accused of being the East Coast Rapist tried to hang himself in his jail cell yesterday, but suffered only minor injuries, reports the Hartford Courant. Aaron Thomas, who was arrested Friday for a series of rapes dating back to 1997, was taken to a local hospital, but returned to jail later in the day. The newspaper also reports that Thomas was wanted by the IRS for failing to pay more than $11,000 in taxes.

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