Woman sexually assaulted by fake ride-share driver near University of Delaware, suspect arrested

first_imgNewark Police Department(NEWARK, Del.) — A woman was sexually assaulted by an armed man claiming to be a ride-share driver early Saturday, police said.Authorities arrested 41-year-old Roberto Rodriguez of Newark and charged him with first-degree rape, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and theft, among other charges.The 21-year-old woman was walking on South Chapel Street near East Delaware Avenue in Newark, just a couple blocks from campus, at about 1:15 a.m. when a man pulled up, identified himself as a ride-share driver and asked if she needed a ride, according to the Newark Police Department.The woman had not called for a ride, but got into the vehicle.After she got into the vehicle, the man drove northbound before pulling over and forcing the woman at knifepoint to perform a sex act, police said.She exited the vehicle “after the sexual act was completed” and called 911 from a nearby residence, according to Newark police.The woman told police the man was driving a silver, four-door GMC truck with an extended cab. Authorities later released pictures of the suspected vehicle in the area.She was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.Rodriguez is being held on $63,000 bail. He has been transported to the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington.Police have not said whether the woman is a student at the University of Delaware. Spring semester at the university, which has about 18,000 undergraduates, does not end until May 30.The incident is part of a trend of assaults by people posing as ride-share drivers. The problem was brought further into the national consciousness when a student at the University of South Carolina was killed after getting into what she thought was an Uber.Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old from New Jersey, was out drinking with friends near the campus when she got into a car she thought was the Uber she had requested. Instead, the man was posing as a driver and later killed the woman.Nathaniel Rowland has been charged with murder and kidnapping in the case. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PHOTOS: The Growlers Wrap Abridged Spring Tour At Boulder Theater Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

first_imgView VideosThe Growlers will head back out on the road, presumably, when their 2020 summer tour kicks off on June 3rd at Tulsa, OK’s Cain’s Ballroom. Head to their website for tickets and more tour information.Setlist: The Growlers | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 3/12/20Set: Someone Something Jr., Try Hard Fool, Night Ride, Dope On A Rope, Tune Out, Love Test, Pet Shop Eyes, Someday, One Million Lovers, Foghorn Town, Feelin’ Good, Drop Your Phone in the Sink, Social Man, Natural Affair, Empty Bones, Nosebleed Sun, Badlands, Sea Lion Goth Blues, Decoy Face, Pavement and the Boot, Who Loves the Scum?, Vacant Lot, City Club, Chinese FountainEncore: Shadow Woman, I’ll be Around, Going Gets TuffThe Growlers | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 3/12/20 | Photos: Megan Dirksen The Growlers – “Empty Bones” – 3/12/20 On Friday, Southern California’s surf-rock outfit, The Growlers, wrapped up the spring leg of their 2020 Natural Affair tour two weeks early at Boulder, CO’s Boulder Theater, as the band was forced to postpone the remaining March dates due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.Related: 11E1even, Nugs Announce “Live From Out There” Couch Tour Series Amid Coronavirus PandemicThe quintet played a 24-song set of songs new and old to the Boulder crowd, supporting their 2019 album, Natural Affair, and kicking things off with 2009’s “Someone Something Jr.” They continued on with Natural Affair‘s “Try Hard Fool” before “Night Ride”, “Dope On A Rope”, “Tune Out”, “Love Test”, “Pet Shop Eyes”, “Someday” and “One Million Lovers” led to another new song, “Foghorn Town”.The midpoint of the single set show began with “Feelin’ Good”, before “Drop Your Phone In The Sink”, “Social Man”, “Natural Affair”, “Empty Bones”, “Nosebleed Sun”, “Badlands”, Sea Lion Goth Blues”, “Decoy Face”, “Pavement And The Boot”, “Who Loves The Sun?”, “Vacant Lot”, “City Club”, and “Chinese Fountain” capped the performance. The Growlers then returned to the Boulder Theater stage for a three-song encore, including “Shadow Woman”, “I’ll Be Around”, and “Going Gets Tuff”.Below, check out a couple of fan-shot videos from the performance. Scroll down for a gallery of images from the performance, courtesy of photographer Megan Dirksen, as well as a setlist from the show.The Growlers – “Social Man” – 3/12/20center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more