Police Release New Video of Kensington Strangler

Video captured just before suspect attacked a woman, police say

Police released new surveillance video of the man they believe to be the “Kensington Strangler” Friday afternoon.

The video was captured just before a man attacked a woman in the early morning hours of Dec. 6 on the1600 block of Sergeant Street, police say.

"This is not a phantom, this male did not crawl into a hole," said Special Victims Unit Cpt. John Darby. "He's out there interacting with others."

The new footage of the suspect terrorizing the neighborhood came out two days after a third woman was found strangled in a vacant lot in Kensington.

Twenty-seven-year-old Casey Mahoney was Wednesday's victim. Autopsy results came out Thursday stating that Mahoney was strangled and there were signs of sexual assault.

Police believe the man they call the "Kensington Strangler" raped and strangled Mahoney, Elaine Goldberg, and Nicole Piacentini. Goldberg, a nursing student at Gwynedd Mercy College, was choked to death on Nov. 3 and 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.

"Based on similarities, it appears that it may be the work of the individual responsible for the first two murders," said Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn.

According to investigators, Mahoney was from the 100 block of Independence Road in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Police believe the 27-year-old victim was the mother of a small child.

Investigators think the same man is responsible for three other attacks. Those women managed to escape after being choked.

Last week, police released surveillance video of a man they think might be responsible for one of the sexual assaults.

"We're asking the public, someone knows this individual, to reach out and contact the police, contact homicide. It's critical that we get this person off the streets," said Blackburn.

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