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Another Woman Attacked in Kensington



    Serial Strangler Strikes Again?

    A fourth victim comes forward, telling police she was attacked in the same neighborhood where two women were strangled and a third was choked and raped. (Published Friday, Nov. 19, 2010)

    Philly police are trying to figure out if the same man strangled two women in Kensington, choked and raped a another women and assaulted another woman over the past couple months.

    The most recent report of an attack came out Friday. On Oct. 31, a 30-year-old woman claims that a man matching the description of another attack, possibly assaulted her in the area of Sergeant Street and Kensington Avenue.

    The attacker in the choking case is described as a slender light-skinned Black man in his late 20s. He's between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 with a small goatee and a skin mark on his cheek. He wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue denim cargo pants.

    This victim survived the attack -- other women did not. The two murder victims were strangled in the last few weeks and in both cases, their half-naked bodies were left in vacant lots less than a mile apart.

    Third Woman Raped, Choked in Kensington

    [PHI] Third Woman Raped, Choked in Kensington
    A victim comes forward after learning of the murders of two woman. Police now have a clue as to who they are looking for.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 6, 2010)

    A third woman survived being choked and raped in early October around the same spot where the latest murder victim was found, police said. Her attack occurred before either of the killings -- just like the latest report. She approached police when they were canvassing the neighborhood.

    Both the attack victims went willingly with the man to a lot, according to police.

    Homicide detectives are trying to figure out if the attack and choking cases are connected to the strangulations.

    2nd Woman Strangled in Kensington

    [PHI] 2nd Woman Strangled in Kensington
    The body of 35-year old Nicole Piacentini of Port Richmond was found strangled in Kensington. This is the second such incident in as many weeks. Police are investigating any possible links.
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010)

    On Nov. 3, Elaine Goldberg, a nursing student at Gwynedd Mercy College, was choked to death. Her body was found in a lot at 2800 Ruth Street.

    Ten days later, Nicole Piacentini's body was found strangled in a lot at 1907 E. Cumberland.

    Police say right now they have no physical or forensic evidence to link the murders and attack, but because of public concern, they felt compelled to put out the composite sketch of the third victim's attacker.

    If you have any information that can help police, call the Philly Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3265, 685-3252.

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