A woman was sexually assaulted by an armed man claiming to be a ride-share driver near the University of Delaware 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.
ABC News' Amanda Maile contributed to this report.
Woman sexually assaulted by fake ride-share driver near college, suspect arrested
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