NEW HAVEN, CONN. (WPIX)—The man authorities believe to be the "East Coast Rapist" tried to hang himself Saturday in his jail cell, according to a Police Department spokesman.
Aaron Thomas, 39, was already under a suicide watch, when he was spotted on cameras trained on his cell, and on the guard outside, according to New Haven Police Department spokesman Joe Avery. He was rushed to Yale New Haven Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Avery says Thomas is OK.
Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and Rhode Island stretching back to 1997.
He's being held on a million dollars bail.
The Federal Bureau Of Investigation was able to smoke Thomas out by launching a digital billboard campaign in four states, using composite sketches, and New Haven police began a stake out based on a tip it received a few days ago.
Thomas has been charged with sexual assault, burglary and risk of injury to a minor in connection with the Connecticut attack. Authorities have also charged him as a fugitive from justice in Virginia, where he's accused of two counts of rape, abduction and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Thomas is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in New Haven Superior Court.