Suspect in South Beach rape found in California

 

gsolis@MiamiHerald.com

A South Beach rape suspect who had been on the run from the law for more than a month was caught in California Thursday morning.

Derrick Jackson, 28, was wanted for the Sept. 6 sexual assault and robbery of a Miami Beach tourist.

Jackson allegedly followed a young woman as she walked back to her hotel room early in the morning and molested her. Afterwards, he is suspected of forcing her back to the hotel room and robbing her.

Miami Beach Police detectives identified Jackson from the hotel’s security camera, which showed him following the victim into the elevator.

Jackson’s face was plastered all over the news soon after police identified him. That’s when U.S. Marshals believe he left the state.

Law enforcement followed his trail for a month and on Wednesday, they got a lead that he was in Sacramento. Law enforcement officers searched the area but were unable to locate him.

The next morning, investigators were tipped off that Jackson was hiding out in Bakersfield, a small town 280 miles south of Sacramento.

Local law enforcement agents combed the streets of Bakersfield with photographs of Jackson's face. U.S. Marshals spotted the suspect walking on the second floor balcony at a local Motel 6 and quickly placed him under arrest.

Jackson will be extradited back to South Florida to face the sex assault charges by the Miami Beach Police Department.

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