A young Moroccan man has been arrested for raping and robbing a 74-year-old British citizen in Arona last May, ABC Spain reports.
On 13 May, in the tourist area of Arona, police were called to a sexual assault and robbery of a 74-year-old British woman. It was detailed in a press release by Spain’s National police.
The Police were able to locate and identify a 25-year-old Moroccan man as the attacker. A search warrant and detention order were issued by an Arona court and he was arrested in Valencia.
The man, who was known to police, was identified as the suspect after being linked to the attack by his DNA.
The sickening attack happened around 11am on May 13 when the victim was alone in her apartment.
Investigators say she was forced into a bedroom and raped after the intruder found her inside the flat during the break-in.
The unnamed Brit, who was residing at the property in the municipality of Arona which includes the popular holiday resort of Playa de las Americas, was hospitalised for seven days afterwards.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police confirmed: “National Police officers have arrested a 25-year-old Moroccan man in Valencia as the suspected author of a sex attack and burglary in Tenerife.
“He allegedly got into an apartment in Arona via the balcony in May and sexually attacked a 74-year-old British woman and took her belongings.
“He was arrested in Valencia and has been handed over to the courts.
“The incident in question took place on May 13 at apartments in a tourist part of Arona.
“The woman victim was staying at the apartments.”
A well-placed source said: “The thinking is that this man decided to rape his victim on the spur of the moment after finding her inside the property.
“He was identified by his DNA and tracked down to Valencia.
“He will now be brought back to Tenerife to face charges and stand trial.
“The British woman was in hospital for a week after what happened to her.
“He is not at this stage being linked to other crimes in Tenerife and on the mainland but that is something that will obviously be looked at as part of the ongoing investigation.”
Police say the items stolen from the British pensioner included money and jewellery.