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RESIDENTS SUBDUE ATTACKER : `PILLOWCASE RAPIST' IN INDIANA HOSPITAL.

Byline: Mary Beth Alexander Daily News Staff Writer

Reginald Muldrew, the notorious ``pillowcase rapist,'' was severely beaten by an angry mob after he allegedly broke into a woman's home in Gary, Ind., and attempted to rape her, a local television station reported Thursday.

The woman's cries for help brought neighbors down on Muldrew, who reportedly suffered severe head wounds.

An official at Methodist Hospital in Gary confirmed Thursday night that Muldrew was a patient there. He was listed in critical but stable condition, said Leigh Sparks, a hospital spokesman.

According to KCBS-TV, the incident happened more than a week ago when Muldrew forced his way into a home in Gary, where he has lived since his December parole.

Muldrew was attempting to rape a woman when he was mobbed by neighbors, who answered the victim's screams for help, KCBS-TV reported.

Gary police would not confirm the report Thursday night.

One of Muldrew's victims, identified only as Ann, said in a television interview Thursday night she was relieved by what had happened to the man who attacked her 17 years ago.

``I'm elated. This is exactly what I said was going to happen,'' the woman said. ``I'm sorry there had to be another potential victim. I'm just glad that he's not going to hurt anybody else, now.

``I feel justice has been served.''

Muldrew was labeled the pillowcase rapist because he put a pillowcase over his victims' heads to conceal his own identity.

Muldrew was convicted on 29 counts of rape, burglary and other charges. But police have linked him to about 200 attacks from 1975 to 1978 across Los Angeles County.

He was sentenced to 25 years in state prison. But, under a state law designed to reduce overcrowded prisons, state corrections officials released Muldrew in December, after he served only 16 years.

The state Department of Corrections first considered releasing Muldrew in 1994, but he remained in custody after failing a psychiatric review.

His pending release sparked outrage in Southern California communities, including the Antelope Valley - where he was sent for the psychiatric evaluation at Lancaster State Prison.
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