Wrentham District Court

Wrentham District Court

WRENTHAM — An Uber driver is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges he raped a woman on a secluded street in Wrentham before dropping her off at her destination.

The suspect, Melvin Guerrero-Encarna, 33, of Lynn, faces arraignment in Wrentham District Court on two counts of rape, according to court records.

He is accused of assaulting the woman shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, April 28 in the back of his SUV.

According to a police report, the driver picked up the woman at Clearmont Condominiums on King Street in Franklin, where she had attended a party.

The woman told police she was drinking while at the party and was in no condition to drive to her friend’s house in Wrentham. She said she told the Uber driver that she was drunk when she got into the vehicle, according to the report.

The woman told police the Uber driver stopped a short distance from her destination, climbed into the back seat with her and “forced himself on her.”

“After arriving near her destination, the victim detailed that she was sexually assaulted by the driver of the Uber that she was in,” a police detective wrote in the report. “The victim detailed that she was in the back of the vehicle for well over an hour.”

The drive from Franklin to Wrentham was about 3 ½ miles. The street where the alleged assault occurred was redacted from the report.

After the alleged assault, the woman walked a short distance to her friend’s house. She went to Milford Regional Medical Center later that night where she told the staff she had been assaulted.

Police were notified of the incident by hospital staff, as mandated by law.

The woman suffered bruises on her arms, legs and back, according to the report.

Guerrero-Encarna was arrested over the weekend in Lynn on a warrant obtained by Wrentham police.

Police identified him as the suspect after contacting Uber and obtaining logs and GPS information. Other company records were obtained through a search warrant, according to the report.

Guerrero-Encarna, a native of the Dominican Republic, is in the United States on an immigrant visa that allows him to stay with his wife, a U.S. citizen, as a conditional permanent resident, according to the report.

He has no criminal record, according to police.

A lawyer for the suspect did not immediately return a telephone call or an email from The Sun Chronicle seeking comment.

Uber did not immediately respond to an email.

David Linton may be reached at 508-236-0338.

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