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Alleged rapist hit with new count

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 2:12 a.m.

An Allegheny County man awaiting trial on a charge of rape is facing a new set of charges after authorities said they linked him to a rape in Penn Township.

Marc Filippino, 30, of 1140 Park Ave., East McKeesport, was arraigned Wednesday before District Justice Frank DelBene of Harrison City on rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and burglary charges.

Filippino already faced charges stemming from an attack on a woman while she slept Aug. 14 at her Glacier Court home in Wimmerton, and what police say was a sexual assault of another woman July 8 in her Yellowstone Drive home in the same neighborhood in Unity Township.

Authorities allege Filippino raped the Penn Township woman at her home early in the morning of June 9, 2000.

Township police Capt. Allan Anderson, the arresting officer, said new evidence gained from the victim helped to link Filippino to the crime.

"The final bit of evidence ... we got an identification on him in a photo lineup and a voice lineup," Anderson said yesterday. "That was the big thing."

Police said similarities to the other attacks as well as the victim's recognition of clothing seized from Filippino's house were other factors in his arrest. Filippino had been seen in the woman's neighborhood before the rape, authorities said.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the victim identified Filippino's voice - one of six played for her Jan. 24 - as that of her attacker. She also was shown a photograph lineup that day.

"She picked Marc Filippino out ... and identified him as her attacker," the affidavit states. "She was also shown a black bandanna and a black hood that had been found in the home of Marc Filippino. She said the bandanna was exactly like the one her attacker wore, and the hood was very similar."

The affidavit says the woman saw her attacker's face during the encounter, which police said lasted almost two hours.

"(At one point) she looked at him. He said, 'Do you know me?' She said, 'No,'" the affidavit states.

The woman told police she heard a noise at about 3 a.m. June 9, 2000, while lying in bed. When she got up to turn on the bedroom light to check out the sound, a flashlight was shined into her eyes. She then was grabbed and thrown to the floor. A gun was put to her back, and she was forced to her bed, according to the affidavit.

Her attacker asked her questions, including whether anyone else was in the house and if there were any weapons in the home. At gunpoint, he took her downstairs to quiet dogs before ordering her back to her bedroom, where he inquired about how much money she and her former husband earned and asked other questions with sexual overtones, police said.

Filippino then forced the woman to perform sexual acts before having her put a condom on him and raping her, police said. During the rape, he removed a face mask and kissed her open-mouthed, court papers state.

After sexually assaulting the victim, Filippino took steps to try to conceal his crime, police said.

He used a flashlight to examine the bedroom for his belongings and told the woman, who has since moved from her township home, to take a shower. He also ordered her to take the bed comforter to her downstairs laundry and wash it. Filippino further instructed the woman to get her sweeper and vacuum the bedroom floor, according to the affidavit.

"I'm sure he was trying to make sure he didn't leave evidence behind," Anderson said.

Before he left the home, Filippino told the woman that "if they met under different circumstances, he thinks they would have hit it off," the affidavit states, adding that he hugged her.

Township police also had two other encounters involving Filippino or property belonging to a relative.

Officers reported seeing a car registered to Filippino's sister parked near the victim's home in September 1998, and an officer said he encountered Filippino in the same area in January 1999.

"I don't know," Anderson said as to why Filippino was there. "I'm not sure if he maybe was stalking her or if he had another reason for being there."

Filippino was charged by state police Aug. 14 with burglary, simple assault, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and other offenses in the Glacier Court incident.

Authorities also filed charges of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated and simple assault, false imprisonment and terroristic threats in the Yellowstone Drive incident.

On Sept. 7, Filippino became the subject of a police search after he left a Monroeville hospital where he was undergoing treatment after an apparent suicide attempt. He was apprehended the next day at a Washington Township hotel.

Murrysville police last month charged Filippino with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property stemming from the theft of a vehicle and a steak knife after he fled from the hospital. This month, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing on those charges in District Justice Charles R. Conway's Export office, a court official said.

Police previously reported in a search warrant affidavit that they suspected Filippino in another beating and robbery at a Wimmerton woman's home in July 2000.

Filippino's attorney, Patrick Thomassey of Monroeville, couldn't be reached for comment yesterday.

Filippino remains in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of more than $500,000 bail.

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