SMYRNA, Tenn. -- Authorities have arrested the 29-year-old man wanted in connection the Aug. 10 rape of a woman who offered him a ride home.
“The rape suspect, Darwin Cruz, who we asked for help in locating, has been arrested,” said Kevin Arnold, chief of the Smyrna Police Department. “Mr. Cruz contacted the Police Department and surrendered late Wednesday night.”
He has been charged with one count of rape in connection with the case, Arnold said.
Cruz is accused of attacking a Smyrna woman after she offered to give him a ride home.
“After spending the night with two female friends, Mr. Cruz was being given a ride by one of the females when he (allegedly) pulled a large knife out and raped the victim in her vehicle,” Arnold said.
“She was able to convince Mr. Cruz to go back to her apartment, where she was able to flee,” Arnold said.
The woman told Smyrna police that Cruz then fled the scene in an unknown direction.
Officers conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate Cruz following the incident.
The arrest comes only a few days after Smyrna police reached out to the public for help in locating Cruz, who remains in custody on a $300,000 bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case on Thursday, Aug. 22, in Smyrna General Sessions Court.