The Coral Springs Police Department arrested a suspect early this morning in connection to an attempted rape that occurred at the La Quinta Hotel located at 3701 University Drive.
At approximately 4:44 a.m. this morning, Coral Springs police responded to the La Quinta Hotel
reference to an attempted rape. Upon arrival they met with the female victim employee. The victim advised that a male, identified as Maurice Miller, 23, of Coral Springs, came into the lobby and asked about room rates and asked for two napkins. A few minutes later Miller returned to the desk and told the victim that the vending machine took his money. The victim advised that she asked him for his room information in order to give him a refund. Miller could not provide the information. The victim then left the front desk and went into the office to do paperwork. A short time later Miller jumped over the counter and forced his way into the office wearing only a t-shirt. The victim advised that Miller was holding his penis in his hand as he entered the office. Miller then grabbed the victim and forced her into a rear office. The victim was in fear of being raped so she began to struggle with Miller. Miller began to punch the victim several times in the head and face. The victim advised that when she began to scream and yell Miller fled the area.
At approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning, a resident at the 9500 block of NW 37 Court called the police to report a suspicious black male walking through her neighbor’s backyard. As the police arrived, they observed the suspect fleeing the area upon their presence. The suspect fit the description of the one provided by the rape victim from the La Quinta Hotel. After a short foot pursuit, K-9 Officer Balto apprehended the suspect, Maurice Miller.
The victim positively identified Miller in a photo line-up.
Miller was transported to Coral Springs Medical Center for the injuries he suffered from the K-9. Once medically cleared Miller was transported to Broward County Main Jail.
Miller is being charged with attempted sexual battery, burglary/battery and exposure of sexual organs.
The victim suffered a minor injury to her mouth.
The Coral Springs Police department recently launched the “Make a Call, Make a Difference” campaign and is thankful for the actions of a concerned citizen by making a call to report a suspicious person, which ultimately resulted in the arrest of a sexual battery suspect.