Lyft driver sexually assaulted 19-year-old passenger in 2018: prosecutors


A Lyft driver sexually assaulted a 19-year-old lady within the metropolis in 2018, Cook dinner County prosecutors mentioned Monday.

Prosecutors didn’t give an deal with the place the rape occurred or the place the girl was picked up by Boanerges Lopez in July 2018, however they mentioned she hoped to name it an evening after she was out with buddies.

As Lopez approached the girl’s residence, he allegedly obtained out of his automotive, opened the rear passenger-side door and pulled her legs towards him.

The girl instructed Lopez to cease, however he didn’t pay attention and positioned his hand on her throat and utilized strain earlier than sexually assaulting her, Assistant State’s Lawyer Kevin DeBoni mentioned. Lopez additionally allegedly tried to power the girl to carry out as intercourse act, however she was ready to withstand.

The girl, who suffered bruises to her breast, thigh and neck, instructed her buddies concerning the assault the following day, DeBoni mentioned. She was then taken to a hospital the place a legal sexual assault package was taken. The unwashed garments the now 22-year-old lady was carrying on the time of the assault was additionally examined, DeBoni mentioned

When Lopez consented to a buccal swab take a look at in September 2018, his DNA profile was a close to excellent match to the semen discovered on the girl’s underwear, DeBoni mentioned.

“A subsequent lab report indicated that [Lopez] can’t be excluded — is included — as a donor of male DNA recognized on the sufferer’s underwear and that this male DNA profile can be anticipated to happen in roughly 1 in 720 quadrillion unrelated people,” DeBoni mentioned, studying from his proffer Monday.

A part of the assault was additionally captured on surveillance video from a neighboring residence, DeBoni mentioned. That footage reveals a automobile pulling up and the motive force exiting and strolling to the rear passenger facet door, DeBoni mentioned. The facet door is seen open for practically 10 minutes earlier than the passenger who was contained in the automotive walks away, DeBoni mentioned.

An arrest warrant was issued for Lopez in March 2020. The now 34-year-old was taken into custody Sunday, DeBoni mentioned.

The sufferer was looking for “to securely get residence by getting a trip” however was sexually assaulted as a substitute, Decide David Navarro famous.

“The DNA ties you to this consists of you or excludes you primarily greater than the inhabitants of the world, a number of instances over,” Navarro instructed Lopez earlier than ordering him held with out bail.

Lopez, a local of Guatemala, is married and has one son and two step-children, his lawyer mentioned. He most just lately labored in building.

Lyft didn’t instantly return a request for remark Monday.

Lopez is anticipated again in courtroom Could 17.

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