Homeless man arrested after naked woman says she was raped in Brickell

Victim sleeping inside unlocked vehicle when man raped her, police say

MIAMI – A homeless man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the rape of a woman who was found naked in Miami's Brickell area.

The rape was reported last Thursday in the area of 1450 S. Miami Ave.

According to an arrest report, the victim was sleeping inside her 2016 Volkswagen Jetta with the doors unlocked when Tony Martehidalgo, 41, got into the car through the passenger side and choked the victim.

Police said Martehidalgo pulled the victim by the neck to the back seat and raped her. 

Authorities said he then forced her to perform oral sex on him and held down her left arm whenever she struggled with him.

According to the arrest report, the victim escaped through the trunk of her car after Martehidalgo told her to turn around.

Police said she ran for help while completely nude and a good Samaritan allowed her to get into his vehicle until he could flag down an officer for help.

Detectives said a witness claimed to see a man running out of the victim's car from the passenger side after the incident.

Police said Martehidalgo, who matched the description of the rapist, is homeless and frequents the area.

Authorities said he refused to provide a DNA swab, but his fingerprints matched a fingerprint found on the passenger side of the victim's car.

The victim cried when she was shown a photo of the suspect and she told police, "I know that's the guy that raped me. I remember the beard," authorities said.

Martehidalgo was arrested on charges of sexual battery, sexual battery causing serious personal injury, burglary and false imprisonment. 

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