Lyft Driver Accused of Kidnapping, Raping Woman

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A 38-year old Lyft driver has been charged with the kidnapping and rape of a Los Angeles woman last October.

Octavio Alvarez Gomez faces one count each of kidnapping to commit rape and rape of an unconscious person. The criminal complaint also alleges an enhancement related to kidnapping.

On Oct. 2, 2018, Alvarez Gomez allegedly picked up the victim from a bar after she ordered a ride to take her home. Instead of dropping off the victim at the requested location, the defendant instead continued driving some distance at which time he stopped his vehicle in a secluded area and allegedly raped the victim, prosecutors said.

Bail is requested at $1.1 million. Alvarez Gomez faces a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison.

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