This sort of crime seems to be on the rise lately. Police in Beverly Hills say they’ve arrested in a man in connection with a sexual assault where he posed as a ride share driver.
According to police, in May the suspect, who was driving a silver 2015 4-door Kia Rio, picked up a female passenger in West Hollywood and pulled over after driving a short distance to Beverly Hills and sexually assaulted the victim.
CBS Los Angeles reports detectives used surveillance footage to identified the suspect as 40-year-old Carlos Omar Pichinte. Even though the vehicle Pichinte used in the suspected assault had Uber and Lyft decals on it, he is reportedly not an employee of either company. He is currently being held on bail.
It’s believed by investigators that Pichinte may also be connected to other sexual assaults in the Los Angeles area.
If you are a victim of a similar sexual assault, or if you or anyone you know has any information should call Beverly Hills Police department at (310) 285-2158 during business hours and (310) 288-2656 after business hours.