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McKeesport man is arrested in 2 rapes in Pitcairn

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Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, 5:53 p.m.
 

Allegheny County police arrested a McKeesport man they suspect of breaking into two homes in Pitcairn months apart and raping women who lived there.

Police charged Orlando Anderson, 23, with counts including indecent and aggravated assault and burglary. He is in the Allegheny County Jail after his arrest Friday based on DNA testing.

The most recent assault occurred Oct. 26, when police say Anderson broke into an apartment on Highland Avenue.

The intruder broke in at 1:30 a.m., woke a woman who was sleeping in bed and sexually assaulted and beat her while threatening her with a gun, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The assailant stole the woman's purse as he left the apartment, the affidavit said.

The woman, whom police are not identifying, went by ambulance to Forbes Regional Hospital, where she was treated for scrapes, cuts, facial swelling and swelling on her head. Doctors collected DNA and other evidence.

The first assault occurred on Feb. 20, when police say Anderson forced his way into the Short Street residence of a Pitcairn woman. The intruder demanded money, forced the woman onto a couch and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit said.

The woman went to Forbes Regional, where doctors collected evidence and she was treated for facial swelling and bruises.

Three weeks earlier, that woman reported to Pitcairn police the theft of her purse from her home. During the week of Feb. 13, the woman said a man who identified himself as “L” came to her door and said he found her keys at the Auto Bathhouse in Monroeville. He asked her to “hang out” and gave her a phone number, but she refused and shut the door. Allegheny County police took a DNA sample from Anderson in November.

Police said Anderson admitted to the February assault and acknowledged he sometimes went by the name “L.”

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or rwills@tribweb.com.

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