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Accused serial stalker, rapist tied to Philly-area attacks arrested

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CAPTURED: An accused serial stalker and rapist who was being sought for multiple attacks on women around Philadelphia was arrested in Indiana.

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WALTER PEREZ: Story on Action News is breaking news. A man has been arrested linked to a string of sexual assaults in Philadelphia and one in Montgomery County. This afternoon, Kevin Bennett was taken into custody in Indiana. Investigators say he stalked and attacked women during at least seven incidents over the span of three days last week. Action News reporter Trish Hartman joins us live from police headquarters with details, Trish.

TRISH HARTMAN: Walter, a lot of people grateful that he has been taken into custody. Philadelphia Police say Bennett was arrested this afternoon in Indiana. He is now in custody of the Marion County Sheriff's Department in Indianapolis. Relieved tonight as news broke that rape suspect Kevin Bennett has been taken into custody. But women we spoke with say they still have their guard up.

JAYDEN FIGUEROA: It's definitely good to hear that, you know, he's caught. And that, you know, he's not going be at large. But there's definitely more guys like that.

TRISH HARTMAN: Police say 28-year-old Bennett with a last known address in Indianapolis is responsible for raping three women at gunpoint and stalking and threatening several others between May 15 and 18. Investigators say in several cases he targeted women who worked at gentlemen's clubs in Philadelphia, following them home as far as Media and West Norton.

He was caught on surveillance video in several places. Police say he followed one woman home to this apartment building in the 900 block of North 8th Street. While she got away, police say Bennett later knocked on another door in that building, posing as an electrician.

MARK BURGMANN: That's when he produced a silver colored handgun and he robbed and raped both females before fleeing.

TRISH HARTMAN: Philadelphia police say he was arrested just before 2:00 PM today in Indianapolis. Women we spoke with say they will still take their usual precautions.

ANNIE DINH: It's a relief. But who knows, there could be more people besides him out there that just hadn't gotten caught yet.

TRISH HARTMAN: Now police say Bennett will have to face charges first for that vehicle stop in Indiana. In the meantime, Philadelphia Police will begin the process of bringing back to our area to face charges. Reporting live at police headquarters, Trish Hartman, Channel 6 Action News, Walter.

WALTER PEREZ: All right. Thank you Trish.