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Vienna police arrest suspected serial sex attacker

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Vienna police arrest suspected serial sex attacker
Surveillance camera footage of the suspect. Photo: Police
12:27 CET+01:00
Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in Vienna who allegedly tried to rape three women. They are now asking any other victims who believe they were attacked by the same man to come forward.

Late on January 4th the man allegedly followed a 16-year-old girl up an alley near Podlahagasse in the 22nd district. He pushed her to the ground, covered her mouth, and put his hand down her trousers. When she fought hard to push him away, he ran off.

On January 21st the same man is reported to have followed a 24-year-old woman into a block of apartments near Eibengasse, also in the 22nd district. He grabbed her in the stairwell but when her partner appeared he ran off.

He is also suspected of having followed an 18-year-old women on the night of February 2nd into an apartment building in Vorgartenstrasse in the 2nd district. He got into the lift with her, groped her several times and put his hand over her mouth. She was able to get out of the lift and scream for help and he ran off.

Using surveillance camera footage from the Wiener Linien public transport system police were able to track the man down and arrest him on Sunday night.

Anyone with information about the attacks or who believes they were attacked by the same man is asked to call the police on 01/31310/33310 or 33800.

Police have said that the man may also have attempted to rape a 21-year-old woman in Vienna’s Meidling district on January 23rd, after following her home from the U-Bahn.

According to one newspaper report, the suspect is originally from Macedonia and has lived in Austria for the past two years.

Photo: Police

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