Police searching for rape suspect

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 9:33pm
Staff reports
Mauricio Morales

Metro Police Sex Crimes detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating suspected rapist Mauricio Morales, an El Salvadoran national, who is believed to be involved in attacks against at least two south Nashville women in their homes.

The Davidson County grand jury has indicted Morales, 32, on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and child abuse in connection with a case from June 15, 2008, on Antioch Pike, police said. Morales is alleged to have broken into a 32-year-old woman’s home while she slept, sexually assaulted her, and assaulted her 4-year-old son by throwing him against a wall when he tried to intervene, police said.

Morales has also been identified as the suspect in a Jan. 30, 2009, rape on Madeline Drive during which he is alleged to have entered the home of a 49-year-old woman while she slept and raped her, police said.

Police describe Morales as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has been known to use the names of Francisco Alejandro Flores and Francisco Chavarria. He is described to be in good physical condition and speaks English.

Morales was convicted of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in Houston in 1998. He was behind bars for six years before being deported from the United States in 2004, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Citizens can also send an electronic message by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tips can also be sent through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.