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Phoenix man self-identified as ‘Rob the Rapist’ arrested for sexual assault

Robert Incorvaia (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man who authorities say calls himself “Rob the Rapist” was arrested on sexual assault and other charges, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Robert Incorvaia, 51, was booked into the Fourth Avenue jail on four counts of sexual assault and three counts of kidnapping, according to a press release.

Since February, the sheriff’s office has been investigating multiple cases of alleged sexual assault and physical abuse that started near 19th and Northern avenues in northwest Phoenix and carried over to the New River area.

Four women come forward — most recently in late July — stating the suspect lured them into his vehicle and then brought the women back to his home by offering shelter, resources and the opportunity to shower.

The women — some homeless — varied in age, but commonalities include unstable housing, limited resources and mental illness.

Once the suspect brought the women into his home, he would physically and sexually abuse them. Some of the cases included the women being bound and physically assaulted before being released.

“Once he was done, there were times he would actually return them to the area or that they would flee from his house,” Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said in a briefing Thursday.

Penzone added that Incorvaia told authorities the sexual acts were consensual.

Detectives served search warrants at two residences associated with the suspect in addition to seizing his vehicle.

During the investigation, it was found that additional women from unsolved cases were describing similar circumstances and matched the suspect’s description.

The Phoenix Police Department on Friday announced it had identified three cases with similar circumstances and motives over the last three years that involved two teenage girls and one woman.

Phoenix police officers transported Incorvaia on Thursday from the Maricopa County Jail to Phoenix Police Headquarters in an attempt to question the suspect, but he did not partake in an interview, according to a press release.

He was then brought back to the Maricopa County Jail and booked on 10 counts of sexual assault, six counts of aggravated assault, one count of kidnapping, one count of assault, and one count of threatening and intimidating, police said.

MCSO is also currently working with the Glendale Police Department to determine other potential unknown and unsolved cases.

Anyone with additional information regarding Incorvaia is asked to contact MCSO at 602-876-1011, 602-876-TIPS (8477) or tips@mcso.maricopa.gov.

Individuals that would like to remain anonymous can contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.

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