A suspected drug dealer is now accused of raping a woman in the bathroom of a Vermont courthouse, the Burlington Free Press reports.
According to the report, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 32-year-old Robert Rosario of Burlington, who is accused of assaulting the victim last Friday at the Costello Courthouse.
At the time of the incident, Rosario was in court for a hearing after being charged with selling more than an ounce of cocaine, the outlet reported.
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The suspect could not be found, and Wednesday, officials issued a warrant in which bail was set at $250,000.
Thursday night, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo issued a statement to the media expressing concern that the publicity of the warrant, the charges and Rosario's identity would make it more difficult to find him.
"He is now on the run, and we have good reason to believe he has fled the state," he said.
It's not clear if Rosario has an attorney.
Stay with necn as this story develops.