POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 2:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 11:42pm
LAS CRUCES- Police arrested a man who raped a woman and then threatened her with a handgun late Thursday evening.
Bruno Rodriguez, 26, is charged with one count each of false imprisonment, criminal sexual penetration and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Rodriguez was arrested Friday morning and is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $20,000.
Police say on Thursday evening Rodriguez was socializing and drinking beer with two women when Rodriguez invited one of the women, a 30-year-old, to accompany him to his nearby home.
Detectives learned that when they got to his home Rodriguez locked the door and forcefully removed the woman’s clothing. He then sexually assaulted the woman.
When the woman’s friend went to Rodriguez’s home and began knocking on the door, Rodriguez stopped the sexual assault, retrieved a small handgun and threatened to shoot the victim if she said anything.
The woman eventually was able to leave the residence and went back to her friend’s home where the pair called 911 to report the incident.
Rodriguez left his residence prior to the arrival of officers. He was arrested early Friday morning when he returned home.