Man accused of making woman drive around at knifepoint

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A man is accused of climbing into a woman’s car on Sunday and threatening her with a knife to drive around. 

The victim was driving in north Austin around 3:45 a.m. and had pulled over on North Lamar Boulevard near Mc Phaul Street to answer a phone call. That’s when a man, later identified as 27-year-old Rigoberto Rivera-Leon, climbed into her passenger seat and pulled out a knife, according to an affidavit.

She told him to get out, and he replied, “You are about to know me right now! Stay quiet! You’ll be sorry if you do anything,” according to the affidavit. The knife was described as a paring knife, and Rivera-Leon allegedly pressed it against the woman’s stomach and gave her directions to drive.

He allegedly told her as she drove if she had sex with him, he’d change his mind about hurting her, according to the affidavit. He eventually had her pull into the parking lot of a storage facility on West Braker Lane near Burnet Road, about 3 miles from where they started. She parked, and he grabbed her purse and ran away.

She drove to a nearby gas station and called police. As officers were taking the report, Rivera Leon showed up and they arrested him, the affidavit said. They found a box cutter knife in his pocket and later discovered the victim’s purse across the street.

Rivera-Leon faces an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charge, which is a felony. A kidnapping charge is also listed in jail records. Both charges carry a $40,000 bond. 

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