Police: Maidencreek man assaults ex-girlfriend while wearing ski mask, identified by own daughter

READING, Pa. - Police say a Berks County man wore a ski mask while he assaulted his ex-girlfriend and was later identified by his own daughter. 

It happened around 5 a.m. Sunday, when police were called to the 200 block of Oley Street in Reading for a burglary. 

When police spoke to the victim they said she had a lump on her forehead and was hysterical. She said someone had broken into her home through a window in the basement, according to police. She told police that the man came upstairs, pulled her out of bed and assaulted her with a baseball bat. She said she had been hit with the bat several times, according to police.

The victim told police her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Rodriguez, 27, of Maidencreek, had been with her prior to the attack, but stepped out to get gas in his vehicle. She said she called police after the suspect ran off in an unknown direction, according to investigators. 

She told police she did not know who did this, because the suspect was wearing all black clothing and black mask, according to investigators. 

According to police, Rodriguez did not seem too worried about the situation, after he found his ex-girlfriend had been assaulted. Police say he was on his phone as they spoke to the victim. Police say Rodriguez told them the suspect entered the home through a window in the basement where the kitchen was located. Police say Rodriguez told them he heard someone knocking on the door earlier that night, but all he could see was the person's feet and that this happened while the victim was at work. Rodriguez said he did not live there, but was babysitting his daughter, according to police. 

As one officer was in the basement getting information from Rodriguez, another officer stood upstairs and spoke with the victim. According to police, she told them she and Rodriguez had been separated for about three weeks and for the past three days someone had been knocking on the door. She told police Rodriguez is never around when she hears the knocking and believes he is the one doing it and the one who beat her with a bat, according to investigators. 

The victim told police that Rodriguez was controlling and verbally abusive, according to investigators. She told police they had a fight earlier in the week and said this alarmed her so much that she texted her sister, that if she didn't hear from her, Rodriguez had done something to her, according to police. 

As Rodriguez came upstairs and was speaking with an officer, his daughter said, "dad, he looked like you." Police say Rodriguez told his daughter that it was not him and she said, "daddy, he looked like you."

EMS arrived on scene and took the victim into the ambulance. Police say when the sergeant arrived on scene he also determined that Nicholas was the one who assaulted the victim, based on a statement he received from her in the ambulance. The victim told police "It was him with a mask on."

Rodriguez now faces several charges including aggravated assault. He was unable to post $200,000 bail and was sent to Berks County Jail. 


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