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Police: 19-year-old man rapes woman on Alexander Street

Posted at: 07/09/2013 2:22 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 5:30 PM
By: Lia Lando



An arrest that police say will help keep people living in and visiting the city's East End feel safer. On Tuesday, they charged a 19-year-old with the rape of a woman living on Alexander Street.
 
Police have charged 19-year-old Marvin Sevilla-Rosales with rape, criminal sex act, robbery and burglary. They say he forced his way into a woman's home on Alexander Street, sexually assaulted that woman and then stole her money and cell phone.

Sevilla-Rosales arrested Tuesday is charged with raping a woman inside an apartment building on Alexander Street on Friday July 5.

Police say there have been other rapes in the East End, but they don't necessarily match the pattern of Friday night's crime, so there could be another person they're looking for.

News10NBC spoke with Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard about the arrest of Sevilla-Rosales. He says the victim heard a knock at her front door and after she opened it, he forced his way inside and sexually assaulted her. Chief Sheppard says he also stole her money and cell phone.

News10NBC wanted to know why a warning wasn't issued to people in the area after police learned about this rape.

Chief James Sheppard said, “If we put out too much information, you alarm your suspect to leave or not to be out there on the street. At the same time, there is a concern for citizens who need to be made aware of a potential for being victimized. What you do is you look at what you have and if you are able to complete it (the investigation quickly it's all good). If there was a significant pattern, we would put that information out.”

So while there have been reports of other rapes in the East End,the chief says they don't match this pattern, but they are still investigating.

News10NBC also talked to employees at bars in the East End. They didn't want to go on camera, but they did say that bar owners have been warning customers about the rape.

News10NBC will continue to track this story and bring you any new information on the investigation as we get it.