Cops: Man raped woman in for-sale house

First, he took the for-sale sign from outside the Wissahickon house. Then, he took his victim's body and forever took her peace of mind inside the empty structure. And, as a final insult, he took his victim's belongings - leaving her bruised and alone.

All that is according to Philadelphia police, who charged 46-year-old Edward Kappe of Maris Street near Jannette in Roxborough, with rape, aggravated assault, theft, robbery, burglary and related offenses today for the Saturday morning assault.

Authorities said Kappe removed a for-sale sign at a home on Seville Street near Pechin and then lured a 32-year-old woman inside the residence at around 11:30 a.m. Once inside, he raped the woman at point of knife and then stole her cell phone and purse, which contained her wallet and car keys, according to police.

Police did not detail how they identified Kappe as a suspect nor did they release where he was taken into custody.

Kappe's criminal record dates back to 1988, but most of his cases are for thefts. He's had no sexual assault charges on his background - until now.

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