No Plea Deal for ‘East Coast Rapist’ Suspect

Jeremy Borden, Washington Post, November 13, 2012

The man authorities call the “East Coast Rapist” declined to accept an offered plea deal Tuesday morning, perhaps setting the stage for a January trial in Prince William County.

Aaron Thomas, 41, was scheduled to plead guilty in Prince William Circuit Court to two charges of rape and three charges of abduction in connection with an attack on three teenagers on Halloween in 2009.

Aaron Thomas

But on Tuesday morning, standing in court before Judge Mary Grace O’Brien, Thomas said “I don’t know which way is right or wrong. I’m not sure I know what I’m doing.”


Thomas admitted in an interview with The Washington Post, published Sunday, that he was responsible for the attacks—as well as perhaps 13 or more attacks to which he has been linked by investigators. The attacks with which Thomas has been charged date to the early 1990s and span the Washington area, as well as up and down the East Coast.


Thomas said in the Post interview that he took his girlfriend’s Chrysler 300 sedan to Woodbridge to buy a shirt at a store on Halloween night in 2009. As he drove near his old house, Thomas said, he spotted three teenage girls walking with bags of candy.

He had grabbed a lighter that looked like a gun from his girlfriend’s home and forced the teens into the woods with the lighter in their backs.


Thomas has struggled to explain his actions in interviews, describing the crimes as something that had control over him, and that happened when he felt rejected or adrift.

“There was no thinking. It was just done,” Thomas said, adding that it became a sort of habit.

Prince George’s police have linked five rapes to Thomas, all between 1997 and 2001. Thomas could also face additional trials in Virginia, Maryland and Connecticut, where he allegedly attacked women near places he lived or to which he traveled, often during his work as a truck driver.

The Halloween attacks and ensuing media attention renewed efforts to search for Thomas, who eluded authorities for years.



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  • Pelagian

    No Plea Deal for ‘East Coast Rapist’ Suspect”
    I was hoping this headline meant there was a prosecutor with balls, who said, “No way are we going to give any “deal” to this creep. We are going to trial or he can plead’ open'”

    • Michael_C_Scott

      You were not the only one.

      • Joe

        Me too. I thought “no plea deal” meant the prosecutor was going to be tough. Kinda like how they sometimes don’t accept plea deals in tax evasion cases. Oh well, I guess you can’t be too tough on taxpayers or too lenient on diversities.

  • ed91

    gee, a black guy?

    surprise surprise

  • You Are Now Enriched

    He is belived to have raped 15 unarmed, vulnerable women.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      And girls who were certainly not anywhere near high school yet. Trick-Or-Treaters?

  • Dave4088

    He kind of looks like Obama. If a made for TV movie ever comes out the rapist will be depicted as white with blond hair and blue eyes while the cop that nabbed him will be black with a mestizo or white female partner.

    • America First

      Try Cleophus Prince Jr. When a news magazine did his story years ago, they described his victims as looking similar, and all having the same hair style, and then the dramatized portion of the segment showed one woman, who was black, with short-cropped hair. In fact, this AA male stalked – and raped and killed – only long-haired brunette WHITE women, and butchered them in a frenzy. So its not only the TV shows that perpetuate lies, but some of these new magazines purporting to be factual.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    There should be no “plea deal” for this individual. Capital punishment is perfectly justified.

    • Pelayo

      Las familias de las víctimas deben tener el derecho de realizar la “justicia” a ese hijo de puta, una muerte lenta y dolorosa.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    Oh, lawdie, lawdie! De debbil made me do it!!!

  • Norman

    In the African country which is the furthest one south our majority accused try exactly the same trick. They really think that if they continually deny having any involvement in the crime and say they are 100% not-guilty, then everone will just believe them and all the charges magically dropped.

    When the accused is confronted with all the evidence against them, they enter a zombie-like trance and recount how they were ‘bewitched’ by the Tokoloshe who took control of their body by some sort of demonic third force and made them commit the crime, so it’s not their fault.

    See link for just one example:

  • JohnEngelman

    When men like him were lynched, women were safe after dark.

  • GeorgeRA

    Blacks get away with crime for so long because law enforcement is afraid to investigate blacks like they investigate Whites, and because the black community supports black criminals. Then once a black criminal is caught they are treated with kid gloves.

    • seek

      I love that phrase, “the community.” When blacks come together in solidarity in the wake of an arrest for a major crime, evidence doesn’t matter. Only their blackness and the opportunity to stick it to whitey.

  • Pelayo

    I wonder of his “girlfriend” is White.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    If Obama had a brother, he would look like this.

  • OlderWoman

    America in general has a fear of blacks. Press usually censors their articles. I believe the msm is completely in fear of them that’s why they appear to protect them. Wouldn’t be surprised if black groups have threatened their lives. That is an ugly race.

  • Pelayo

    This is not specifically related to the topic of this article but it deals with several White women and their almost suicidal attraction to Black males. Hope Solo a very attractive professional soccer goalie was engaged to Jerramy Stevens a Black NFL player. He viciously assaulted her days before their planned wedding. He has a notable record for violence, drug use and has been accused or rape. When are these WHITE WOMEN GOING TO LEEEEAAAAARN!!!!!