Violent connection to LI break-ins suspect

January 14, 2011 3:53:02 AM PST
Two communities on Long Island are worried and demanding answers from police after a man wanted in a string of break-ins was linked to a violent attack and the sexually assault of a 2-year-old in Texas.

Police say the man they're looking for is a dangerous sexual predator.

Unlike most burglars, he's not scared off, instead, he thrives on being confronted and getting violent.

He has a slight build and stands at just 5-foot-2, but police say don't let his size fool you.

"This man is a very vicious predator," said Detective Lt. Ray Cote, "He's very violent. He nearly killed a lady. He severely hurt a little girl."

About 50 Great Neck and Kings Point residents got an update from investigators and village leaders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School Thursday night.

Investigators say DNA evidence and good old fashion police work linked the suspect to several violent crimes on Long Island and in Texas.

The first incident happened last summer when a 51-year-old woman met a day laborer at a Hempstead Home Depot.

That encounter was caught on the store's surveillance video.

The man offered to fix her toilet but ended up fracturing the woman's skull with a hammer.

Last month, a 15-year-old girl woke up to a stranger holding a cloth over her face in her Great Neck home

That intruder left behind this hat which police used to get DNA evidence.

Cops quickly linked him to the abduction and rape of a 2-year-old child in Loredo, Texas.

They also believe he also burglarized six homes in the Great Neck and Kings Point area.

The news has neighbors on edge.

"We didn't have something like this in a long time. The fear I see in the neighborhood. People are talking about it," said Maria D'Amilio, a Nassau County resident.

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