Mill Park man charged with rape, police say woman believed his car was a ride-share

A man who police say offered a ride to a woman who got into his car thinking it was her ride-share has been charged with rape.

Sexual crimes squad detectives charged the 50-year-old Mill Park man with two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault after he allegedly picked up a 20-year-old woman near the intersection of Peel and Oxford streets in Fitzroy last Friday.

Police say the man offered the woman a lift home before driving to a location on nearby Rowe Street, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The victim managed to alert a friend via text message. Police attended shortly after.

The man will appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday afternoon.

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