Detectives with the Smyrna Police Department are searching for Darwin Cruz (above) in connection with a rape investigation. This picture was taken Aug. 9, 2013, near Nashville, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
SMYRNA, Tenn. -- Authorities are asking the public for help in locating a 29-year-old man accused of raping a woman Saturday after she offered him a ride home.
"After spending the night with two female friends, Darwin 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," said Kevin Arnold, chief of the Smyrna Police Department.
"She was able to convince Mr. Cruz to go back to her apartment, where she was able to flee," Arnold said Monday in a written statement.
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, who has not been seen since.
Cruz is described as an Hispanic male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, who weighs 150 pounds.
"He is known to frequent the Smyrna and Nolensville area," Arnold said, adding the picture detectives have obtained of Cruz was taken before the rape occurred on Friday night while the group was at a club.
Police are urging anyone with information about Cruz's whereabouts to call Clete Elstran, a detective with the Police Department, at 615-459-6644.