TAMPA - During the final six months of 2001, a serial rapist preyed on women in the Town 'N Country area. Authorities said six women were pushed into their apartments near West Waters and Manhattan avenues and raped by the same man.

Then, in December of that year, the attacks stopped.

This week, an arrest in Coral Gables may have given investigators here the man they sought in those six-year-old attacks.

On Jan. 9, Javier Alba, 37, Miami, was arrested on a sexual assault charge, and as a part of that arrest, a DNA sample was taken.