Rapist Behind Bars

A Brunswick County man accused of repeatedly raping a child is in custody tonight.

Detectives say Thursday at about 2:00am, Juan Valdez also known as Juan Gomez and "Chivo" was arrested in Newport, NC.

Earlier this week, authorities issued an urgent appeal for help capturing Valdez calling him a dangerous threat.

He faces twenty four counts of sexual misconduct with a child. He is being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center under one million dollars bond.

Hewett says Valdez was captured at a convenience store in Newport after a tip from someone who saw his picture on a TV newscast.