SAN CARLOS – Peninsula authorities on Thursday arrested a 43-year-old San Francisco man in connection with the kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman in San Carlos on New Year’s Day.
The episode began in San Francisco, where the suspect, identified as Richard Fabian Silverio, saw the victim standing on a sidewalk, said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Detective Rosemerry Blankswade in a news release Friday.
The victim was waiting for her ride share to take her to San Carlos. Silverio, who worked for a ride-share company but was off-duty at the time, offered the victim a ride, which she accepted. Blankswade declined to say which company employed Silverio.
Silverio drove the victim to the rear of a business on the 300 block of El Camino Real in San Carlos, where he brandished a knife and demanded sex as his payment, according to Blankswade. The victim resisted and a struggle ensued inside Silverio’s vehicle.
Blankswade said the victim broke free and ran from the vehicle, but Silverio caught her and “violently attempted to rape her.” She broke free a final time and ran to a gas station, where a cashier called 911.
Detectives interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence, including a DNA sample that matched Silverio, Blankswade said.
About 4 p.m. Thursday, detectives arrested Silverio and booked him into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City on charges of attempted rape, assault with intent to commit rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment. He is being held on $100,000 bail for each charge and is set to appear in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday.
“Detectives believe this is an isolated incident,” Blankswade said, “however, the investigation is ongoing.”
Anyone with information about the incident or any other similar incidents can contact Detective Jose Velasquez at 650-363-4062 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at 800-547-2700.