Following the arrest of a homeless man on Friday morning, a manhunt for a suspect believed by Florida police to have raped an elderly cancer patient came to an end.
Police in Ocala said in a Facebook post on Friday that they had detained Taquino Williams, 31, for allegedly raping an elderly woman in her home.
Williams, who the Ocala Police Department said is currently homeless, is accused of breaking into the victim’s apartment building through a torn-out screen window and then going inside through an unlocked door.
The Facebook post says that Williams later discovered the girl in her room, where he raped her. “The attacker had no prior knowledge of the victim, who is also fighting cancer.”
Williams is alleged to have poked the victim with a screwdriver while committing the assault.
The Ocala Police Department started looking for Williams after the incident, which happened Wednesday night. Williams was recognized on a surveillance camera.
According to police, Williams was discovered wandering through a local shopping center at 6:15 a.m. on Friday morning “finally, after a rigorous search, authorities located the defendant within 33 hours.”
He was arrested without incident and brought to the police headquarters to be questioned, according to the authorities. Detective Boyer detained Williams after the interview.
The article praised Detective Boyer’s efforts as well as those of the other engaged police, saying that their deeds “serve as a sign that criminal activities like this are handled very seriously.”
Williams disregarded questions from reporters as he was led out of a building in handcuffs by two police officers, as seen in a video that the Ocala Police Department shared on Facebook.
Williams has been accused of armed residential burglary, armed sexual battery, and possession of burglary equipment, according to the police.
According to a representative for the Ocala Police Department, the victim was admitted to the hospital but has since been discharged.