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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cops Begin Manhunt For Rapist

Moscow police have launched an all-out search for a serial rapist who has attacked nine teenage girls in the past month, an official said Wednesday.

All nine assaults were made in the same manner in apartment buildings in northern Moscow, city police spokesman Alexander Cherednikov said.

The latest attack occurred Monday when the man threatened a 13-year-old girl with a knife, forced her into an elevator and raped her, Cherednikov said.

Victims described their assailant as a man in his 30s wearing plastic-rimmed glasses and a fur hat. Moscow newspapers printed a warning, along with a composite sketch.

"Additional patrols are on the lookout in the area he haunts, checking entrances and staircases and so on," Cherednikov said.

A special task force of experienced investigators was formed at city police headquarters to work on this case.