Jackson County authorities have arrested a man suspected of raping a Cashiers woman last month.
On the evening of August 30, Jackson County Sheriff's Officers arrested 30-year-old Efrain Ubera Morales, of Amethyst Drive in Cashiers. According to JCSO Major Shannon Queen, the suspect was arrested without incident while trying to pay a traffic ticket. “He tried to pay the ticket and an officer recognized him while he was in the magistrate's office,” said Queen.
The arrest followed an investigation that began on August 14, when officers received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred in the Cashiers area. According to reports, the victim was a 34-year-old Caucasian woman from Cashiers. The primary suspect in the case was described as about 5'6 to 6'0 tall Hispanic male, brown eyes, and black spiked hair.
On Monday, investigators were able to issue a warrant for the arrest of Efrain Ubera Morales, 30, formerly of 74 Burns Street in Cashiers.
Morales faces felony charges of first degree burglary and first degree rape, and is being held on a $500,000 secured bond. The suspect is currently being held at the Jackson County Detention Center and is scheduled for District Court on Sept. 13.