A Vineyard Haven man was arrested last week on charges of forcible rape and indecent assault and battery after he allegedly assaulted a woman at his home on Daggett avenue after she gave him a ride home from a party.
Walas Rodrigues, 25, was arraigned in Edgartown district court on Monday on two charges of forcible rape, one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years or older and one count of assault and battery.
Mr. Rodrigues was assigned public counsel during a pretrial conference on Feb. 4 and is due back in court on March 3. His bail was set at $30,000 and he is currently being held in the Edgartown house of correction.
Tisbury police chief John Cashin said police were first alerted around 5 a.m. on Jan. 26 after a woman went to the emergency room of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital seeking treatment for a reported sexual assault. The victim told police that she met Mr. Rodrigues at a party and then agreed to give him a ride to his home where the incident reportedly occurred.
Mr. Rodrigues was arrested later that day.