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UPDATE: Cops arrest suspect in Lower East Side attacks

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Police believe this man attacked two women and raped another on the Lower East Side Thursday morning.

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC

Police have arrested a Bronx man they say attacked two women and raped another all within three hours early on Thursday morning.

The rampage started at 5:40 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 12, with the man following his first victim, a 33-year-old woman, into her apartment building on James St. in Chinatown, police say. He grabbed her and attempted to rape and rob her, but she was able to fight him off and he fled, according to police.

Two hours later, the suspect struck again at 7:40 a.m., following a 24-yerar-old woman into her building on Broome St. in the Lower East Side, police say. He grabbed the woman by her shoulders and stole her identification, but she screamed and he fled according to police.

In both incidents, the women reported no injuries.

At 8:45 a.m., the man entered the Baruch Houses in the Lower East Side, according to police and news reports. The 40-year-old victim told police noticed the suspect in the stairway and he started talking to her. While they spoke, he forced her into her apartment and raped her, then fled, according to police.

Cops arrested a 20-year-old suspect at about 1 a.m. on Sat. Nov. 14 on multiple charges of robbery, burglary, sexual assault and rape.

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