The victim managed to escape by tricking Rossi into believing she had drugs in her purse, then fleeing from the truck and waving down a passerby who took her to a police station. According to the state police report, as Rossi drove along Route 16 from Somerville back to Revere, where he lived at the time, he grabbed the victim by her hair and attempted numerous times to get her to perform a sexual act, at one point threatening to kill her and throw her body into the Mystic River which runs alongside Route 16 if she did not comply. And while Giovanni Rossi Jr. Rossi was stopped farther down Route 16 in Medford, where he was also charged with drunken driving. Rossi was arrested May 4, hours after a woman went to police to report she had been sexually assaulted after going to look at an apartment the evening of May 3. Rossi has an eight-page criminal record in Massachusetts dating back to his teens. The woman, who continued to struggle, managed to flee the Swampscott home and drove to the Lynn police station. In that incident, a woman who had offered to take a drunk friend home after a party then accepted a ride back to her own car from Rossi, who had hosted the party. From prison to Swampscott Rossi was sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison and released in on five years of probation. Rossi had explained his sex offender registration status at the time and told police he had an appeal hearing coming up on June 8. Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at , by email at jmanganis salemnews. Rossi was scheduled to have a hearing on his classification appeal next month, he had told police last month. On Monday, Salem Superior Court Judge Thomas Drechsler ordered that Rossi also remain held without bail pending a probation violation hearing, which is scheduled for June The two then went to a nearby sports bar, where, the woman told police, she had one beer. Rossi punched the woman twice, once in each temple, leaving her with injuries. He was arrested after pulling into his driveway on the evening of May 4. His probation officer, Jeff January, immediately filed a request for a probation violation warrant after police told him of the incident.