Police arrest suspected SoBe rapist in California
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- U.S. marshals have arrested a man wanted as a suspect in the rape of a tourist at a South Beach hotel back in September.
The suspect, identified as Derrick Jackson, a registered sex offender from South Florida, was taken into custody in Bakersfield, California. He was located at a Motel 6.
Police have announced a big break in a rape case, identifying the man, they say, raped and robbed a tourist at a South Beach hotel.
Police said the assault happened in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 6, at the Breakwater Hotel, just off Ocean Drive and Ninth Street.
Officials soon identified Jackson as their suspect. Officials said the victim was overpowered by Jackson, who followed her to the elevator of the hotel. "The victim has positively ID'ed the subject," Hernandez said. "He was on the scene. We know it was him. There's a warrant in the system for his arrest."
Jackson has a criminal history and has spent time behind bars. Miami Beach Police Sergeant Bobby Hernandez said, "He's from South Florida. We think he might have fled the area. However, detectives are leaving no stones unturned. We're actively working with other departments to try and locate him."
Jackson is a convicted felon who has spent five years in jail. In 2004, he was arrested for stealing a woman's purse, trying to rape her and, police said, using her credit card to buy an expensive watch.
Police said a tip called into Crime Stoppers helped police identify their man after the media shared surveillance images of Jackson at the hotel on the day of the attack. "The person that gave up credible information, which led us to him and identifying him, came from watching the news," Hernandez said.
Jackson will now be extradited back to South Florida.
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