Alleged Child Rapist Caught After Flight Delayed
Cops say he was trying to flee to Guatemala
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2017 1:55 AM CDT
An air traffic control tower at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

(Newser) – An accused child rapist who tried to flee from Maryland to Guatemala was thwarted by bad weather, authorities say. Sergio Morales Soto, 19, was arrested on board a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport the day after the alleged April 4 rape, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After he was identified as a suspect, police discovered that Soto had boarded an early morning flight in Baltimore, with a connection in Atlanta. Homeland Security officials say flight delays caused by severe weather in the Southeast gave them enough time to catch up with him. Soto was detained in Georgia and put on a plane back to Maryland this week to face six felony assault charges, WSB-TV reports.

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