An alleged serial rapist who was on the loose luring females with promises of hotel employment, has been caught.
According to information obtained by St Lucia Times, the alleged rapist, whose photograph was widely circulated on social media, was spotted Saturday at around 4:00 pm in Piaye, by a woman who raised an alarm.
Residents of the community were summoned, tied the man up when he tried to put up a fight and gave him a severe beating, it is reported.
The police were summoned and transported the suspect to hospital.
“He is in pretty bad shape,” an eyewitness told St Lucia Times.
Law enforcement officials had been on the hunt for the man who was described as fair skinned, sporting multiple tattoos and being in his thirties, after a warrant was issued for his arrest in May this year in connection with a charge of rape, committed in Soufriere.
Having been charged and held on bail, the defendant failed to appear for trial.
According to St Lucia Times sources, the man, who introduces himself as ‘Junior’, apparently called telephone numbers randomly and once a female answered, claimed to represent any one of several hotels on the Island and made a job offer.
He is said to have a female accomplice who also makes calls on his behalf.
Once there was interest, the potential victim was invited to meet him, sometimes at a guest house, after which he took them elsewhere and forced himself on them.
The man’s latest alleged rape occurred this week at a remote area in Soufriere after he is reported to have promised a woman a job as a cook and cleaner at a well known resort in the North of the Island.
According to information obtained by St Lucia Times, the woman was picked up and driven to a house where she was violated but later managed to escape, despite being threatened with physical violence.
She later made a report to the police.
Since the Times broke the story of the alleged serial rapist on the loose, several women have come forward to tell stories of how they almost fell victim.
They said others who were actually raped were ashamed to speak up.
One woman who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at the time the alleged serial rapist offered her a job she was desperate for employment.