BERLIN – A Pittsville man was arrested on first-degree
rape and other charges this week after allegedly offering a ride to a woman on
a Berlin bus
stop, driving her to a secluded area and sexually assaulting her.
Between 1:30 p.m. and
2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a 30-year-old woman was waiting for the Worcester County
Ride on a bus stop in the Berlin
area when she was approached by a white male, later identified as Darrell Wayne
McDaniel, 47, of Pittsville, who offered the woman a ride.
Once the victim was in
his vehicle, McDaniel allegedly drove her to a secluded location off Route 50
in Berlin and
sexually assaulted her. The victim then fled from the car after allegedly being
raped. Quick thinking allowed her to remember the Maryland registration number on McDaniel’s
vehicle, which she supplied to the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation
Using the tag number,
WCBI detectives were able to quickly identify the vehicle and establish
McDaniel as the suspect in the sexual assault. WCBI detectives later arrested
McDaniel at his place of employment in Salisbury.
He has been charged with first- and second-degree rape, second-degree assault,
a third- and fourth-degree sex offense, kidnapping, false imprisonment and
reckless endangerment. He appeared before a District Court Commissioner on
Wednesday and was ordered held without bond.