Police: Paterson serial rapist arrested in Newark

PATERSON - Paterson police say that an alleged serial rapist wanted in connection with multiple attacks has been arrested in Newark.

Police caught 42-year-old Rafael Velez in Newark.

He's accused of forcing a 19-year-old woman into her Market Street building at knifepoint on Monday.

Police say Velez may have also sexually assaulted an 18-year-old in that building back in September.

Authorities are investigating whether Velez is responsible for third sexual assault on Tuesday near the Great Falls.

Police say Velez would calmly approach his victims before grabbing them at knifepoint and sexually assaulting them.

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