CALIFORNIA MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A CHILD WHO ASKED HIM FOR A RIDE HOME

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Source: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, MEGA

Mar. 26 2021, Updated 9:56 a.m. ET

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A Moss Beach, California, man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly raping a girl who he gave a ride home in October 2020.

Police say they are looking at whether there are other possible victims who faced similar attacks. 

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The suspect has been identified as Rosendo Hernandez Arroyo, 20.

The victim asked Arroyo for a ride home, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Before taking the victim home, Arroyo brought her to a park and forcibly raped her, police allege. 

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Authorities say Arroyo and the victim, who is under the age of 14, were acquainted through a mutual friend.

On Wednesday, detectives arrested Arroyo without incident at his work.  Arroyo was charged with rape by force or fear and forcible lewd acts with a child under 14. 

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It is believed that Arroyo has committed these crimes before and has other victims, according to the sheriff's office. 

Anyone who has information about the suspect or who was a victim is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Carryn Barker at (650) 363-4050 or email cbarker@smcgov.org.

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