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101 Johns, Prostitutes Busted in Search of Rapist

Kensington rapist targeting prostitutes



    101 Johns, Prostitutes Busted in Search of Rapist
    Philadelphia Police
    Per Philadelphia Police: On Sunday, 10/4/09, at approx. 5:30 a.m., a 32-year-old female complainant was severely beaten and raped in the area of 900 E. Ontario St. by an unknown black male. The same suspect may be responsible for three similar incidents which occurred in the same area on 10/12/09 @ 3300 Kensington Ave, 11/08/09 @ 2000 E. Sterner St. and 11/17/09@ 1900 E. Sterner St.

    Philadelphia police arrested more than 75 johns and 26 prostitutes in only 12 days in the Kensington Avenue corridor of the city. The arrests are part of a crackdown in the area that a serial rapist has been targeting.

    One of the johns was arrested twice.

    The “john” operation is an effort by Philadelphia police to find the man who has beaten and raped four women, some of whom were prostitutes, in the past two months according to authorities.

    The victims ranged in from 27 to 41-years-old. While they cannot say with certainty that one man committed all four rapes, police say “the common denominator defining these cases is the subject’s manner of approach and the violent nature of the assault.”

    Police took DNA samples from 18 of the johns who matched the description of the Kensington rapist.