|Birth name||Altemio C. Sanchez|
|Also known as||The Bike Path Killer,
The Bike Path Rapist
|Born||January 19, 1958
San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
|Sentence||75 years to life in prison|
|Number of victims||3+ (murder), 12-15 (rape)|
|Date apprehended||January 15, 2007|
Altemio C. Sanchez is an American serial killer who murdered at least three women and raped at least 14 others in and around Buffalo, New York, over a span of 25 years (1981–2006). He is also known as the Bike Path Rapist. His victims were: Linda Yalem, a sophomore at the University at Buffalo who was killed September 29, 1990; Majane Mazur, murdered in November, 1992; and Joan Diver, who was murdered on September 29, 2006, and whose body was found on a bike path in Newstead, New York, on October 1, 2006. The killer acquired the nickname because many of his crimes took place near secluded bike paths. On May 16, 2007, Sanchez pleaded guilty to the murders of Linda Yalem, Majane Mazur, and Joan Diver.
Arrest of Altemio Sanchez 
On January 15, 2007, a police task force in Erie County, New York, arrested Sanchez and charged him with the murders. On January 19, 2007, an Erie County grand jury voted to indict Sanchez for the murders of Yalem and Mazur.
Diver was the only one of the victims who was not raped. It is believed she died during the strangulation before Sanchez could rape her.
Many of the rapes attributed to Sanchez will go unprosecuted due to the statute of limitations on the prosecution of rape that was in effect in New York at the time those crimes were committed. He is also a suspect in an ongoing investigation for the murder of a 15-year-old girl in 1985.
On August 15, 2007, Sanchez was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison. He is currently being held in the Clinton Correctional Facility; he may be moved to a facility closer to his family if he confesses to further murders. DNA linked him to some 25 sexual assaults from 1975.
Exoneration of Anthony Capozzi 
In March 2007, Anthony Capozzi was freed from state prison after serving 22 years for two rapes with a similar modus operandi. After the arrest of Sanchez, investigators realized that the crimes were similar and took place in the same area and that Sanchez and Capozzi closely resembled each other at the time the crimes were committed. A sample of DNA from Sanchez was linked to the rapes for which Capozzi had been convicted in 1985. Capozzi had maintained his innocence and was thus denied parole. Capozzi, who is schizophrenic, and his attorney have settled a civil lawsuit for $4.25 million. Recently, State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and State Senator Dale Volker introduced legislation that would expedite such lawsuits. This bill is known as Anthony's Law.
It is believed that a clue in the Capozzi case file led to the arrest of Sanchez. A detective who looked over the case files spotted a report from a woman who had been raped in 1981. Two days later, she told police she spotted the man who had raped her driving away from a local shopping area parking lot, and she took down the license plate number. When detectives questioned Wilfredo Caraballo, the car's owner, he provided a solid alibi for the rape. However, some twenty-five years later Mr. Caraballo was interviewed by the BIKE PATH RAPIST task force and admitted that on the day that the car was identified by the victim he wasn't driving it. Mr. Caraballo had lent the car to his nephew, Altemio Sanchez.
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