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Suspected sex attacker caught in Memphis

Fugitive Peter Braunstein had police across the country on alert. But it was a University of Memphis employee who spotted him on campus Friday afternoon.

"And so what we did is found photos of him and notified officers just in the chance that it was good information," says Campus Police Director Bruce Harber.

Turns out, it was.

A campus cop confronted Braunstein before the suspect began stabbing himself in the neck.

"All you can presume or speculate, at this point, is that he didn't want to be taken into custody," says Harber.

Braunstein, on the run since Halloween, is accused of dressing as a fireman and sexually assaulting a woman for 13 hours in her New York City apartment.

The well-known fashion writer's own father begged his son to turn himself in.

"Peter, you have a brilliant mind--you need help very badly," Alberto Braunstein told reporters.

Braunstein was spotted from Indiana to Ohio. He'd been seen in Memphis donating blood for some quick cash. It became one of his last stops.

"That's what this is all about--the citizens, the media, the police--everybody working together and we got a person I understand is wanted for a violent crime off the streets," says MPD Lt. Joe Scott.

With the suspect in custody, the investigation into this highly-publicized case can finally proceed.

Investigators from New York City were en route to Memphis Friday night. The U.S. Marshal's Service is also heavily involved with this case.

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