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Suspected Serial Rapist Arrested in Cases Dating Back to 1999

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Maureen Wurtz

UPDATE: OMAHA (KPTM)- Omaha Police say they've arrested a man in connection with a series of sexual assault cases dating back ten years.

 It was a pattern that Anthony Vaughn had used for ten years, according to police.

"In situations where you were not expecting someone to come into your home," said Lt. Treavor O'Brien.

O'Brien said Vaughn would break into women's homes, often at night and when they were alone.

"You go through a horrific event, it's more fresh in your mind, an encounter like that," said one rape victim. She said she was assaulted in 1999.

Police said from 1999 to 2009, Vaughn sexually assaulted five different women in Dundee and South Omaha.

"We recognize that they are extremely strong, and to have the capability to move on from something like this-I admire them," said O'Brien.

In 2011, Vaughn was convicted of burglary. Over the past week, Vaughn's DNA was collected.  O'Brien said he found that it was a match to the man that police had been searching for years for.

"When we got the news, it was a lot of cheer and happiness," said O'Brien.

Police still had to find Vaughn. He was on probation, and hadn't reported to his probation officer, said O'Brien.  He said police turned to social media, and tried a technique called ‘Catfishing.'  O'Brien said police created a fake facebook profile to try and lure Vaughn out.  Police got the DNA results on Wednesday, and with the help of Norfolk Police, the Omaha Police Department was able to arrest Vaughn on Sunday.

"It's something that these women will have to carry with them the rest of their lives," said O'Brien.

"I will get past it with time. I believe that time is going to help myself and the other women," said the victim.  Now, she said, she hopes Vaughn will spend a long time behind bars.

 Police said Vaughn could be linked to other burglaries and assaults in the area, and the case is still under investigation.

OMAHA (KPTM)- They say DNA evidence is tying Anthony Vaughn to five cases in the Midtown area between 1999 and 2009. Detectives say Vaughn would
break in to homes and rape women living there. They believe he knew information about the women and would attack them at vulnerable times.

They say Vaughn had to give a DNA sample when he'd been convicted of burglary in the past.

He was arrested in Norfolk over the weekend. He is being investigated for additional crimes he may be suspected of. He's currently being held without bond at the Douglas County Jail.

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