Officers arrested him in Leeds on Friday night as part of the Operation Lynx investigation involving three forces.
Magistrates have granted an extension to the custody time limit, allowing questioning to continue at a police station in the city yesterday.
Detectives from West Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, led by West Yorkshire Assistant Chief Constable Lloyd Clarke, have been investigating five attacks. All involved the abduction of lone women.
The operation was launched last summer when DNA tests convinced police the same man was responsible for all the attacks. In each case, a woman was driven away and then seriously sexually assaulted.
The first attack was on 3 December 1982, when a 30-year-old woman was abducted in central Bradford, driven to Leeds/Bradford Airport and assaulted. A month later, a woman of 26 was abducted in the car park of Leeds general infirmary, driven to the outskirts of the city and assaulted.
The attacker then drove back to a canal, where he tied her up and threw her in the water. She managed to free her hands and feet, then swam to safety.
On 10 May 1984, a 20-year-old woman was driven out of Leicester, raped and then left in the car near to where she had been abducted. It was not until May 1993 that another attack took place, in Nottingham. After being driven from the city, the 24-year-old victim was attacked and left near a reservoir.
The last attack took place in Leeds in July 1995, when a woman aged 22, was attacked in a multi-storey car park. She had her eyelids superglued together before being assaulted and dumped next to a canal.Reuse content