Real Name: Unrevealed
Aliases: Bike Path Rapist
Wanted For: Rape, Murder, Attempted Murder
Missing Since: 1994
CaseEditDetails: From 1986 to 1994, the police in Buffalo, New York have been pursuing a man who raped and left several women and young girls for dead. The first victim was attacked on June 12, 1986, in Delaware Park, New York. The second victim was a seventeen year old who was attacked in Hamburg, New York on July 14, 1986. The third victim was a sixteen year old who was attacked on June 10, 1988, in Riverside. The fourth victim was attacked on May 1, 1989, again in Riverside. The fifth victim was attacked on August 24, 1989, in Willow Ridge. The sixth victim was a thirty-two year old female who was attacked on May 31, 1990 in Elliott Creek. On September 29, 1990, the rapist's seventh victim, student Linda Yalem, died as a result of strangulation during the attack.
For four years, there were no more attacks by the rapist, and some began to speculate that the man either was arrested, moved away, or even died. Then, on October 19, 1994, an eighth victim, a fourteen year old in Buffalo, was claimed by the rapist. Dubbed the Bike Path Rapist, this assailant was described as a short stocky bald man with a mustache, but the infrequency of his attacks made him hard to catch. He left victims in Buffalo and in Amherst.
Extra Notes: This segment originally ran on the February 23, 1996 episode.
Following DNA evidence, the police eventually identified and arrested Altemio Sanchez in connection to the rapes and murder in 2008. Sanchez was convicted and sentenced to 75 years to life in prison. Anthony Capozzi, a man wrongly imprisoned for twenty-one years for two of the rapes, was soon released.
- Bike Path Rapist at Unsolved.com
- The Bike Path Rapist on Wikipedia
- Documentary on the Bike Path Rapist