Rapist Arrested for Horrific Assault

Assaulted woman while her baby was present

Evan Smith
October 09, 2019 - 3:28 pm

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A man accused of a brutal assault on a Greenville woman is now in the custody of Homeland Security agents.

Greenville police announced the arrest of 24-year-old Uriel Romero-Gonzalez on Wednesday.

Greenville Police Department

The arrest stems from an assault that took place on Monday.

Gonzalez is accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment through her balcony door while she slept.

His face partially hidden by a mask, and with plastic sandwich bags on his hands, Gonzalez reportedly then raped the 20-year-old female victim for hours, holding a knife to her throat as he did, while her baby cried in her crib right beside them.

Gonzalez then left two hours later with the victim’s purse, phone and keys.

One thing he didn’t bring with him? His own cell phone, which reportedly slipped out of his pocket. That’s how police were able to track him down.

He’s now in Homeland Security custody facing charges of criminal sexual conduct 1st degree, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, kidnapping and burglary.

Official Press Release from the Greenville Police Department:

(GREENVILLE)- A 24-year-old man is in custody for sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman inside her Villa Road apartment during the early morning hours on Monday, October 7.

The assault took place over the course of two hours and in the presence of the victim’s infant child. 

GPD investigators determined that Uriel Romero-Gonzalez, 24, entered the victim’s apartment through the balcony door as she slept.

Romero-Gonzalez threatened the victim and her infant child with a knife as he sexually assaulted her.

During the assault, the suspect concealed his face with a mask and covered his hands with what are described as plastic sandwich bags. 
Detectives were able locate Romero-Gonzalez, in part, because he unknowingly dropped his cell phone inside the victim’s apartment before leaving with her purse, phone, and keys.

After GPD detectives located Romero-Gonzalez, he indicated that he was at or near the apartment on the night of the assault. 

Romero-Gonzalez is currently in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); however, the Greenville Police Department has secured arrest warrants for the following offenses and will take custody of him once he is released by DHS: 
• Criminal Sexual Conduct, 1st Degree • Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime • Kidnapping • Burglary, 1st Degree

 The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, and the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office assisted GPD detectives with this investigation. 


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