Lyft driver convicted of raping passenger in Orange County – NBC Los Angeles
A 45-year-old Lyft driver is set to be sentenced in October for raping a woman he was driving home nearly two years ago, court records obtained on Monday showed.
Jorge Tapiacastro was convicted on Wednesday of drug rape, rape, sexual assault and forcible confinement, all felonies. He is due to be sentenced on October 1.
The victim was dropped off by her husband at a friend’s home in Costa Mesa on August 31, 2019, where she drank four or five vodka sodas with a handful of friends, according to a prosecution file from prosecutors.
At around 9:30 p.m. that night, she and two of her friends took an Uber ride to the Bungalow Bar in Huntington Beach where she drank three to five more vodka sodas, prosecutors said.
At around 12:30 a.m. on September 1, she used the Lyft app to request a ride home, prosecutors said. She was picked up around 12:50 a.m. by the accused, who stopped about half a mile from his residence in Orange, got out and then climbed into the backseat with the victim, who said she had passed out, prosecutors said.
The accused told the woman she was “beautiful” before imposing himself on her for a few minutes, prosecutors said. Then he got out and she got out of the vehicle as well before the accused drove off, prosecutors said.
The woman called her friend and told her that she had been raped and did not know where she was, prosecutors said. Her friend told her to call her husband and she told him the same thing, prosecutors said.
Her husband managed to find her around La Veta Avenue and Glassell Street and brought her home before later taking her to a local hospital, prosecutors said. The woman’s blood alcohol level was 0.131 and DNA evidence linked Tapiacastro to the assault, prosecutors said.