DNA Tests Could Link Ex-Con to Upper Manhattan Rape Spree

New York City police are waiting on DNA testing that could definitively link an ex-con from Pennsylvania to four rapes in Upper Manhattan.

According to reports, authorities are testing a genetic sample taken from the suspect's discarded soda can to see if it matches samples taken from victims in the case.

Police questioned the suspect Saturday night after spotting him in Hamilton Heights. The man initially told cops they should be looking for his twin brother. However, investigators later determined the suspect does not have a twin, sources said. The suspect's sister apparently told authorities she hadn't seen her brother since he was locked up in Pennsylvania.

The man is currently being held on an unrelated outstanding warrant.

The rapist - described as a 6-foot-tall black man - had reportedly preyed upon petite woman and used a knife in two of his attacks.

The string of attacks began Aug. 1. when he attacked a 59-year-old woman near W. 148th St. And Broadway. On Aug. 10 he raped and robbed a 23-year-old woman in an elevator at her apartment building on W. 144th St.

The suspect was then caught on surveillance tape Aug. 18, sexually assaulting and robbing a 69-year-old woman in the elevator of her W. 158th St. apartment building.

The last incident occurred Sept. 7, when he attacked a 28-year-old woman in her apartment.

Assemblyman Keith Wright proposed funding for better street lights in the neighborhood. He also added another $1,000 in reward money, bringing the total amount to $13,000 for information leading to the attacker's arrest.

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