Prosecutor: Man charged with sexually assaulting a woman during 2007 North Bergen burglary

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A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman during a North Bergen burglary that dates all the way back to 2007, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Luis Santiago-Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on yesterday, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Luis Santiago-Rodriguez, 42, of Passaic, without incident on Grove Street in Passaic for his involvement in an incident from 2007, Suarez said in a statement.

Santiago-Rodriguez has been charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault during the commission of a burglary, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact during the commission of a burglary, burglary and making terroristic threats, authorities said.

HCPO spokesman Ray Worrall said that the suspect was recently identified after the special victims unit received “a Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database investigative hit notification that matched the defendant.”

Following his arrest, Santiago-Rodriguez was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending his first appearance.

The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion for pretrial detention of the defendant and a hearing is scheduled for Monday, August 19th.

On April 28th, 2007, shortly after 6:40 a.m., members of the North Bergen Police Department responded to 74th Street in North Bergen on a report of possible sexual assault.

Upon arrival, police officers were approached by a 44-year-old woman who alleged that she was sexually assaulted in her home by an unknown male who entered her apartment through a window.

The victim was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Christ Hospital in Jersey City, police said.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit for the
investigation and arrest, the North Bergen Police Department for assisting with the investigation, as well as the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Passaic Police Department for assisting with the arrest.