A man tried to rape a woman in her Florida home, but the victim fought off the suspect. Now, the alleged attacker is behind bars.
“Our investigation is continuing, but the important part here is a very, very dangerous man has been taken off the street,” said Miami Beach Police officer Ernesto Rodriguez, WSVN reported.
Police have arrested Miguel Ángel Lopez Sorto, 34, who will be charged with occupied burglary with battery, a felony charge that has no bond, according to WSVN.
“It really boils down to old-fashioned police work,” Rodriguez said, according to WSVN. “Officers canvassing, officers going door to door and finding a suspect who matched the description.”
The victim got home from work and heard a knock at the door, thinking it was her children, around 7 p.m. on Nov. 16, WSVN reported.
“He jumped on me, and he closed the door behind, and he start like attacking me,” said the victim, according to WSVN.
According to police reports obtained by WSVN, the suspect tried to kiss her on the neck and mouth when she screamed and fought the suspect. The victim created enough space to grab a knife and fend off Lopez Sorto, WSVN reported.
“That’s how he got scared, and he left,” the victim said, according to WSVN. “He had crazy eyes, red, looking at me, and he didn’t say a word. He gave me his middle finger at the end, and he was smiling at me when he left.”
Police say he lived in the same block as the victim, WSVN reported.
“The victim in this case, along with the rest of the community, can sleep a little easier tonight,” said Rodriguez, according to WSVN. “Now we have to ensure a successful prosecution.”