Rodrigues held on $150,000 bond

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

By Karen Hall


A Lewisburg man remains jailed after General Sessions Court Judge Lee Bowles set his bond at $150,000.

Tobias G. Rodrigues, 24, of Collier Road, was arrested on Jan. 3 by Lewisburg Police Sgt. Chris Sawyers and charged with aggravated rape and aggravated arson, both Class A felonies, as well as especially aggravated burglary and aggravated domestic assault.

In the early hours of Jan. 2, Rodrigues allegedly broke in to a unit at Saddlewood Apartments where a young woman he'd had a dating relationship with lived.

Then, he "did physically assault and use force to commit the act of rape ... causing her to suffer bodily injury and unconsciousness due to strangulation," according to the warrant written by Detective Sgt. David Henley.

"During the assault Rodrigues did set fire to the mattress the victim was lying on," wrote Henley to explain the arson charge.

The warrants do not explain how the fire was put out, or how the victim regained consciousness and called 911.

In August 2010, Rodrigues pleaded guilty to statutory rape and theft, and was sentenced to two years probation, and 90 days in jail. In June 2012 he violated his probation, and Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler extended it for two more years. A year later, Rodrigues was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault. He was again released on probation, with a new expiration date of April 2015.