Hello Kitty never seemed so scary. A Florida man known as the Hello Kitty rapist was sentenced to life in prison for a series of sexual assaults on multiple women over a span of four years.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 11, 2015
According to an earlier report by the Inquisitr, Edgar Collazo was a wanted man in Orange County after he was accused of not only rape, but also of attempted rape, sexual assault, armed burglary, false imprisonment, and sexual battery with a deadly weapon or physical force.
Collazo, previously known simply as the Hello Kitty rapist, was originally identified as such due to the simple fact that he had the popular Hello Kitty cartoon character tattooed on his arm. Over four years, four victims came forward claiming to have been attacked by this man in some form or another, the first of which had taken place in 2010.
The Hello Kitty rapist’s first victim was described as an Afghanistan war veteran, according to the New York Daily News. She stated that her rapist broke into her apartment and held a knife to her neck. According to WESH, Collazo was never officially charged for this case, but her testimony that left a powerful mark on the court. In a letter that was reportedly read to the court, the woman recalled not only her alleged attack but how it has also affected her life over the past four years.
“I wanted to be an engineer, I wanted to be a model, (and) do so many things differently than what I’m doing now. I depend on sleeping pills,” she said.
She went on to say that it was the simple fact that she joined the military that helped her build herself back up from the attack, which reportedly happened when she was only 13-years-old. The victim, now 17-years-old, reportedly picked Collazo out of a lineup after he was arrested for allegedly attack three more women, two in 2012 and another in 2014.
The Hello Kitty rapist would go unheard from again until 2012, when he broke into yet another apartment, this time attacking two more women who were roommates at the time. One of the two victims wrote in her letter to the court that she remembers being tied up by the Hello Kitty rapist and then having to listen as he moved on to attack and then rape her roommate.
One of the two victims of this attack told the court in detail what had happened during the attack. The first of the two college roommates took the stand and retold her story to the court, saying that she remembered him not only breaking into their shared apartment but then telling her that he was going to tie her up. When she begged him not to, he threatened to stab and kill her if she tried anything “stupid” such as screaming or trying to get away. It was after tying her up that the Hello Kitty rapist allegedly moved on to her roommate and raped her.
“I hear (her) crying and saying, ‘Please stop.’ She must have said that 15 to 20 times.”
Police at the time of the attack were able to not only collect DNA samples but also discovered fingerprints on a can of Febreeze that Collazo allegedly used in an attempt to clean up after the attacks, according to WFTV.
This attack, much like the first, went unsolved for yet another two years. The Hello Kitty rapist would strike again, and this time the attack would result in the arrest of Edgar Collazo. In the final alleged attack, Collazo, aka the Hello Kitty rapist, reportedly attempted to rape a woman in the parking lot of an IHOP in 2014. During the attempted attack, News 6 reported that Collazo flashed his genitals and then attempted to rape a 20-year-old woman in the parking lot before driving away.
— Alex Villarreal (@AlexvWESH) July 8, 2015
It was DNA from all three cases that reportedly linked Collazo to the Hello Kitty rapist’s activities. After standing trial, a judge sentenced Edgar Collazo to life in prison.
The Hello Kitty rapist was given a total of four life sentences on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of kidnapping. He was also sentenced to an additional 37 years for two counts of burglary, assault, and robbery.
The Hello Kitty rapist will not be eligible for parole.
[Image by Orange County Police via News 96.5]