Suspect in sexual assaults located in Texas

Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 11:39am
Staff Reports

An El Salvadoran national wanted in connection with sexual assaults in south Nashville was taken into custody Friday in Texas.

Mauricio Morales, 32, was found by deputy marshals hiding in an attic at his sister’s home in Texas City, Texas. His capture followed an extensive investigation by Metro Sex Crimes detectives and U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Forces in Nashville, Jackson, Tenn., and Texas.

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

Metro Police say Morales also has 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. Morales told the victim that he had been watching her for weeks.

Neither victim knew Morales, according to police reports.

Morales was convicted of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in Houston in 1998 where he served six years before being deported from the United States in 2004.

Morales is expected to be extradited to Nashville in the next several days.