Delaware man in custody after he faked being Uber driver and sexually assaulted woman

Jay Scott Smith
May 06, 2019 - 7:28 pm
Roberto Rodriguez.

Newark Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Delaware man is facing a number of charges after allegedly posing as an Uber driver and sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman.

41-year-old Roberto Rodriguez is accused of luring an intoxicated 21-year-old woman into his pickup truck early Sunday morning and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint.

The unnamed victim was walking home from a friend's house on South Chapel Street near East Delaware Avenue in Newark around 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning when she was approached by Rodriguez, whose only previous conviction is for a DUI. 

According to court documents, Rodriguez told the victim he was an Uber driver and could drive her home. The woman had not called for a ride, but she agreed to the ride. 

Once in the truck, the woman passed out and awoke to Rodriguez brandishing a knife attempting to assault her. According to a probable cause affidavit, she attempted to record Rodriguez on her phone before he took it from her and threatened to kill her. 

The victim was trapped by the car's child locks but eventually escaped by jumping out of a window. She ran to the nearest house and asked the residents to call the police. 

Newark Police arrested Rodriguez later on Sunday. 

Rodriguez was hit with six charges including first-degree rape, third-degree unlawful sexual contact, possession of a deadly weapon and theft for taking the cell phone. 

He is currently being held at the Howard Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington on $63,000 cash bail.

If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to life in prison.