MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A man has been caught and cuffed on the same block as an alarming sexual assault.
Investigators released a sketch on Wednesday of a man they said broke into an apartment on the 1300 block of Euclid Avenue and started assaulting a woman.
Wednesday night, police said, they got their man.
“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. “It really boils down to old-fashioned police work: officers canvassing, officers going door to door and located a subject who matched the description.”
Police arrested 34-year-old Miguel Ángel Lopez Sorto.
7News cameras captured the suspect as he was handcuffed by officers.
Lopez Sorto appeared in bond court Thursday afternoon. He faces charges of occupied burglary with battery, a felony charge.
The victim, a mother of two, said she got home from work and heard a knock at the door, thinking it was her children, around 7 p.m. Monday.
“He jumped on me, and he closed the door behind, and he start like attacking me,” said the victim.
According to police reports, the suspect tried to kiss her on the neck and mouth when she screamed and fought the suspect.
The victim was able to create enough space to grab a knife and fend off the suspect.
“That’s how he got scared, and he left,” said the victim. “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 said he lived within the same block of the victim.
“The victim in this case, along with the rest of the community, can sleep a little easier tonight,” said Rodriguez. “Now we have to ensure a successful prosecution.”
Police said that after Sorto was arrested the victim was able to ID him in a lineup.
Lopez Sorto is said to be arraigned in Dec. and the judge ordered him to have no contact with the victim.
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