On May 18, 2019, at about 0843 hours, a female came to Newark PD to report a sexual assault. The victim reported that an acquaintance unlawfully entered her apartment on O’Daniel Ave and physically and sexually assaulted her. The Criminal Investigations Division immediately began an investigation.
The victim reported that when she woke-up in the morning on May 18th, an acquaintance whom she identified as Luis Rivera, 27, of Penns Grove, NJ, was inside her apartment. She did not let him into the apartment and he had no reason to be there. Rivera became angry with the victim when he tried to speak with her and began to choke her with his hands. He then proceeded to sexually assault her. She was able to free herself from Rivera and fled to Newark Police Headquarters.
The victim was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and was released.
On May 21, 2019, Detectives located Rivera in Middletown, DE where he was taken into custody without incident. Rivera appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 where he was charged with Rape First Degree and Strangulation. Rivera was ordered held on $55,000 cash bail. His custody was transferred to the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.