The booking photo of the defendant in this incident, Roberto Rodriguez, is being released in an effort to alert the public in case there may be other victims or witnesses to criminal activity involving Rodriguez. The Newark Police Department does NOT possess any information that there are other victims or involvement in criminal activity, but are releasing the photo for public safety purposes.
No further information about the victim, including her status as a student at an educational institution, will be released.
On May 4, 2019, after the release of photos of the suspect vehicle, Newark Police received various tips as to the possible suspect vehicle. Detectives, who had been working on the case non-stop since it was reported, immediately began to follow-up on the tips.
Detectives located the suspect vehicle parked at a residence on Nottingham Road in Newark. Detectives immediately began to conduct surveillance on the vehicle. They determined that the registered owner of the vehicle matched the description of the suspect. When the suspect left the residence, he was stopped by officers and found to have a knife in his possession. As the Detectives continued the investigation, they developed further probable cause to arrest the suspect.
The suspect, Roberto Rodriguez, 41, of Newark, was transported to Newark Police Headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses:
The theft and malicious interference charges are the result of Rodriguez taking the victim’s phone from her to prevent her from calling the police.
Rodriguez appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle where he was ordered to be held on $63,000 cash bail. Rodriguez was transported to the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington. No photo of Rodriguez is available at the time of this release.