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I-80 Rapist Victim Convinced North Sacramento Subway Attacker Is Same Man

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) — Investigators are looking to see if a Sacramento man accused of tying up and sexually assaulting a co-worker at a North Sacramento Subway is the Interstate 80 serial rapist.

Kenneth Anderson, 22, was arrested on Friday by Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies.

One look at a picture of Anderson, and a woman was attacked in September by a man believed to be the Interstate 80 rapist has little doubt he’s the same man.

“You’ll never forget a face like that,” she said.

She was beaten and raped as she walked to work at 4:30 a.m. Seven months later, the fear that her attacker is still on the loose may be coming to an end.

“It’s just a feeling that you get when you’ve been raped once, you’ve been raped by somebody, it’s just in your guy, like when you see that person, you just know that’s him,” she said.

But there is still no proof. No call yet from detectives to tell if he is the same man.

Hers was the first in a series of sexual assaults in the North Sacramento area, all happen within a four-mile radius near Interstate 80 and Watt Avenue.

Lisa Bowman with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department says it’s a “strong possibility” it’s the same man, because the sketches of the attacker resemble Anderson.

“There is a striking resemblance between this subject that we have arrested and that series,” she said.

Detectives are rushing DNA samples to see if these crimes are connected.

“We have taken an extra step of extracting a DNA sample from him to be compared to the serial rapist, and what we need is a confirmation of physical evidence—DNA—then we can say that it is him,” she said.

Until they know for sure, the rape survivor we spoke to says she will remain leery of those around her.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it and I don’t wonder if I’m going to run into him one day,” she said. “Like I’m going to be on the street and run into him. I worry about that all the time.”

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