ELIZABETH, NJ – Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in locating Wilfredo (Will) Jose Gonzalez, 34, a Rahway man charged with committing a violent sexual assault according to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

Investigations by the Rahway Police Department and the Special Victims Unit (“SVU”) of the UC Prosecutor’s Office revealed that Gonzalez' victim met him  in New York City’s Penn Station during the early hours of Sunday, October 13, 2019, and traveled with him to his Rahway home via train, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Tomlinson, who is prosecuting the case.

Tomlinson said, shortly after they arrived at the defendant’s home, Gonzalez allegedly produced a knife, threatened the victim with it, and proceeded to repeatedly physically and sexually assault her. Authorities said the victim managed to escape the scene and get to a hospital for treatment.

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Gonzalez is charged with first-degree armed aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, third-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree possession of a knife for an unlawful purpose. Gonzalez is from the 400 block of Hamilton Street in Rahway according to officials.  Criminal charges were filed against Gonzalez on Thursday, October 17.  He has remained at large since.

Authorities said he is approximately 5-foot-8, 160-pound male with a tan complexion, long black hair, a small bald spot on the back of his head, a short black beard, and thick eyebrows.

“In light of the violent and predatory nature of this crime, we believe this defendant presents a clear danger to others,” Prosecutor Ruotolo said. “Therefore, we are seeking the public’s assistance in locating and capturing him.”

Officials said Gonzalez is known to frequent the areas of downtown Rahway, the Bronx in New York City, and Sunrise, Florida. On the night of the assault, he is known to have been carrying a large bag containing clothing, and wearing a black North Face baseball cap. 

Anyone with information about this matter, or Gonzalez’s whereabouts, is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256 or Rahway Police Department Detective Kevin Wronski at 732-827-2049. The Union County Crime Stoppers are also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org.

According to the UC Prosecutor’s office these criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.