A 24-year-old Stock Island man was arrested Friday on suspicion of raping a 17-year-old girl on Tuesday, police announced Friday night.
Adan Zamir Morales was taken into custody Friday afternoon at his job at a local construction site.
He faces a charge of sexual battery for the crime that police said involved Morales first luring the girl into his car as she walked home from school about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
"We are extremely pleased to have found this suspect so quickly," said police Chief Donie Lee. "Our children should be safe on our streets. It's been our priority since it was reported to us and we've been working around the clock to find him. We're grateful for all the help the community provided us in this case."
Morales is accused of raping the girl in his car after stopping her as she walked along South Roosevelt Boulevard by saying he was a friend of her mother's, police said.
"It's likely he knew the mother's name because he was working construction near the family's home," said police spokeswoman Alyson Crean. "Instead of turning down her street, however, he proceeded to another location, where he sexually battered the girl."
Morales, whose address is 6721 Shrimp Road on Stock Island, admitted to detectives that he gave the victim a ride home that evening, Crean said. Morales has seven prior arrests since 2008, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office online database, that included allegations of felony burglary, aggravated battery and leaving the scene of a crash involving an injury.