ATTLEBORO (CBS) – An Attleboro man kidnapped and raped a disabled woman at an MBTA parking lot Friday morning, according to police.
A woman who was walking her dog called police at about 6 a.m. and reported that she saw a man force the woman into his van in the downtown area. The caller told police the van quickly drove to the parking lot at 100 Riverfront Drive.
Attleboro Police responded and found the man “engaged in a sexual act on the unwilling victim.”
The suspect, identified as 63-year-old David Rogers, has been charged with kidnapping, aggravated rape, assault and battery, and indecent assault and battery on a disabled person.
The 57-year-old victim was treated at a local hospital.
The woman who called police remains jittery over the morning’s events. “I saved a life guys. I am so happy,” said Dawn, who did not want her last name used.
Police said Dawn’s description quickly led them to the van.
“Just instinct, just to watch her,” Dawn said.
She took her dogs on their early walk shortly after 5:30 a.m. and that’s when she saw another woman near the T station.
“She kept looking towards her back and I said, ‘what’s going on?’ It didn’t feel right,” said Dawn.
Dawn also couldn’t help but notice a van parked by several yellow poles, where no one ever parks.
“This man lifting something, putting it in a van. And, it was a rush. Then when I saw her jacket, I thought oh God, he took her,” said Dawn. “I am going, not right, not right, wrong. I was scared for her.”
The van took off toward the back of the commuter parking lot. When it was apparent it was not leaving, Dawn rushed home and called police.
David Rogers, who is from Attleboro, appeared in court hours later facing numerous charges.
“You can tell she talks to herself and she just walks everywhere,” said Dawn.
They don’t know each other, but Dawn always sees the other woman around town. She is thankful their paths crossed at this particular time.
“It was meant to be for me to watch out for her,” said Dawn.
A judge ordered Rogers held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Wednesday.