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March 13, 2003
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FACES Leads to South Florida Rapist Capture

A 29-year-old suspect was arrested by Broward County, Florida police shortly after America?s Most Wanted TV show aired a FACES composite sketch.

The ''South Florida Rapist'' was responsible for the brutal attack and attempted abductions of a dozen girls and young women.

Prior to the Oct. 1998 AMW broadcast, several sketches of the suspect had been hand-drawn, but provided few clues for police. Deputy John McMahon of the Broward County Sheriff?s Office, working closely with young victims, utilized FACES to compose a picture quality composite of the suspect.

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Soon after the FACES sketch appeared on America?s Most Wanted, a woman contacted police, saying the portrait was that of her son. A suspect was arrested within hours, and charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl and attempting to abduct 10 other girls in Florida

The FACES composite sketch, along with solid investigative work from a number of law enforcement agencies ? including the FBI, BCSO, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, North Lauderdale Department of Public Safety and North Miami Beach Police Department ? helped end the assailant?s reign of terror.

Composite and photograph of suspect.

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