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Man wanted for several Omaha sexual assaults now in custody

Prior was booked into the Sarpy County Jail at around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

UPDATE: Stephen R. Prior, 52, is now in custody.

Prior was booked into the Sarpy County Jail at around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

He is being charged with possession of a firearm while committing a felony, sexual assault, burglary, robbery and false imprisonment.

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SARPY COUNTY, Neb (FOX 42 KPTM)-- Sarpy County Sheriff's deputies have identified the man they say may have raped a woman inside her home Wednesday night off of 156th and Giles.

Investigators identified Stephen R. Prior, 52, as the man who walked into the woman's house with a mask on, they say he robbed her and was in her home for about an hour.

He's described as six feet, 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

They also say he is wanted in another rape and an attempted rape in the Omaha area. Investigators say every person who was attacked was in the medical field.

"He needs to be taken off the street, he's very dangerous," said Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis.

Investigators say he should be considered armed. They are doing extra patrols right now with Prior on the loose.

The charges pending against him are sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, and robbery.

Sheriff Davis says Prior served eight years in the Nebraska Penitentiary for various charges including burglary, robbery, and forgery.

Deputies spent Friday morning combing the neighborhood around 156th and Giles after someone reported seeing him.

They went door to door and even searched people's homes.

Davis says they found Prior's white Lexus there and have it in their custody right now.

He warns Prior could be even more dangerous right now and could be desperate.

Investigators started looking into Prior because of small things people in the area called police.

"Calls came in regarding this individual, simple things like being creepy or driving by their house more than once, little things like that were picked up on by our investigators and lead one particular investigator to do a particular search," said Davis.

They're hoping Prior's picture will jog someone's memory about something that may have happened over the last few months or even year that will lead them to Prior.

"If someone is watching you or someone makes you feel creepy-- call," said Davis. "Most of those calls don't pan out, but sooner or later they will and we'll catch him."

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 402-592-STOP.



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