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Rodrigo Reyes

DeLand police this week arrested a man they identified as the suspect who raped a woman in late November.

Rodrigo Reyes, 48, was arrested Tuesday on charges of kidnapping and sexual battery with a weapon. An affidavit said Reyes kidnapped a 31-year-old woman and hit her with his car before raping her and driving away with her clothes on Nov. 21.

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Around 8 p.m., the victim called 911 saying she was kidnapped and raped in the 400 block of East New Hampshire Avenue in DeLand. According to an affidavit, when officers found the victim, she was only wearing a black sweater.

The victim said she was walking to the Friendly Way Food Store when a black convertible Ford Mustang pulled up alongside her. Reyes stepped out of the car, grabbed her and threw her in the passenger side of the car before driving off, an affidavit said.

Reyes told the victim to shut up when she screamed for help. He drove her to a dead-end road, where he asked the victim to get out of the car. When she got out and started walking away, Reyes drove behind her and hit her with the car, slamming her on top of the hood, according to records.

The victim clung to the hood as Reyes continued driving. When he turned sharply, she slid off the car and fell, injuring her hand. While she was on the ground, Reyes raped her, threatening to kill her, an affidavit said. He drove away with her clothes afterward, the affidavit said.

She told police she has seen Reyes in the area before and he propositioned her a few months ago, mistaking her for a sex worker. Witnesses said Reyes has a reputation for “roughing up” and not paying them for their services, a detective noted in the affidavit.

After Reyes’ arrest, he was transported to the Volusia County Jail. He remains there without bond.

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