BOSTON (WHDH) -
A Quincy man accused of raping a woman in the backseat of his minivan appeared before a judge Wednesday.
Said Said, 40, of Quincy, is charged with aggravated rape, unarmed robbery and receiving stolen property.
Defense attorneys said Said denied the charges. They said he was running a one-man airport shuttle business and used to be a cab driver.
Prosecutors said he was the man who reportedly attacked and robbed the woman, who was looking for a taxi cab in South Boston.
“The victim at that point told detectives she struggled with the defendant, striking him in an attempt to remove him as he tried to remove her dress. The defendant grabbed the woman around the neck with his hands,” prosecuting attorney William Champlin said.
The victim said she flagged Said down near the Legal Harborside in the Seaport District late Saturday night. Instead of taking her to her destination, he took her to a secluded location and attacked her. Said was reportedly driving a livery vehicle. The woman said she blacked out at times and later found her credit cards and phone were missing.
Said's neighbors said they know him as a nice man who wouldn't do something like this.
“I feel so sorry for the victim, but knowing the Said I know, I can't envision him doing something like this. It’s just completely out of character and against everything he believes in,” Amanda Dodge said.
Investigators said the stolen credit cards were then used to make several unauthorized transactions. They have surveillance video showing a man fitting his description using the victim's cred card at a Quincy gas station and a nearby store. Officers tracked down the suspect in Quincy and arrested him. Authorities also say the victim identified the driver in a photo lineup.
Many women said they are worried about these attacks, but know ways to avoid dangerous situations.
"Watch out for yourself, look out and be very aware," said Andrea Southworth. "If she was alone, that's also a problem. It speaks to the notion -- buddy up when you're going home."
Said was arraigned in South Boston District Court Wednesday. He was held on $35,000 bail. If he makes bail, Said has been ordered to wear a GPS bracelet, stay away from South Boston and not operate as a shuttle or cab driver.
Thursday, July 31 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-07-31 04:47:41 GMT
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