Police: Serial rape suspect arrested; seven witnesses identify him

Saturday, December 29th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Police have arrested a man alleged to be the so-called Scorpion Rapist, a serial rapist who attacked eight women while wearing a gold scorpion pendant.

Omar Legree, 27, was identified by seven of the rape victims, Detective Cheryl Cox, a police spokeswoman, said Saturday. Charges were pending.

Legree was in custody and unavailable for comment. It was unclear whether he had retained a lawyer.

The victims were assaulted as they got off late-night buses and headed home to nearby housing projects. They said their knife-wielding attacker followed them into their apartment buildings and forced them to the roof or top-floor landing.

The victims ranged in age from 16 to 31.