Police in Los Angeles released the sketch of a man they say posed as a woman’s Uber driver and raped her during a horrific, hourslong ordeal.
L.A. Weekly reports that the incident happened January 7. Detective Geoffrey Tavares says that police are just now asking the public for help in identifying the man after DNA tests failed to do so.
According to the LAPD, “the female victim left a club in the Hollywood area and got into the suspect’s vehicle, a late model four-door car, believing it was the ride-sharing car she had ordered. The suspect drove the victim to a secluded location, where he sexually assaulted her. During the time the suspect kept the victim captive.”
In an interview with USA Today, the woman described the night she was kidnapped and raped.
She said she was leaving a nightclub and ordered an Uber to get home. While she waited outside looking for the Uber, she saw a vehicle sitting in the road and assumed it was her ride. She got in the vehicle and gave the driver her address. She says she then passed out in the back seat.
When she woke up, the car was parked in a secluded area and the driver was in the back seat of the car with her.
“I literally woke up to him in the back seat with me, we were parked somewhere, and he’s just banging my head against the seat.”
She said that’s when he sexually assaulted her for three hours.
Police released the sketch of the man they described as being in his mid- to late-20s, 5 feet, 9 inches, 165 pounds.
The man allegedly gave the victim personal information, saying that he lived in Long Beach and owned an accounting business.
Tavares says that though this information may be fake, it might still be helpful in identifying the suspect.
“Those things, if there’s any truth to them, someone should say hey this is the guy.”
[Feature photo: Los Angeles Police Department]