PJ Police said in a statement that the crime took place in Albufeira on 25 June and that the 18-year-old victim has been “coerced by the use of physical force to endure sexual practices against her will”.

The 44-year-old suspect has been described as fleeing to Lisbon after the crime “where he was then found and detained last Saturday and charged with committing the crime of rape”.

According to a report by Lusa news agency, the detainee is said to be of Portuguese nationality and a resident of the Algarve, he is also said to be unemployed and holds a criminal record for violent crimes.