A Chicago man faces expenses after prosecutors say he allegedly pretended to be an Uber driver to select up five totally different women after which sexually assault them.
Musaab Afandi was initially arrested in March by Stokie Police after two women stated the 33-year-previous man attacked them after posing as their Uber driver. Those instances are nonetheless pending.
On Wednesday, Afandi appeared in courtroom for a bond listening to after DNA testing allegedly linked him to 3 further assaults, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Some of the sexual assault instances date again to final yr.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jillian Anselmo stated throughout Wednesday’s listening to that one 21-year-previous feminine sufferer stated she was attacked by Afandi in April of final yr after he picked her up at Mullen’s Bar in Wrigleyville. The lady stated when Afandi pulled up she requested him if he was her Uber driver, CBS Chicago reports
When he advised her he was, the lady stated she climbed into the again seat. After realizing that Afandi was not taking her to her vacation spot, the lady requested him to tug over.
She advised investigators that he stopped on a darkish road, climbed into the again seat and raped her.
The lady was capable of escape and referred to as a pal. She then took a taxi residence and went to the hospital the next day. DNA from the rape package matched Afandi’s, CBS reviews.
A second sufferer informed investigators that she was attacked by Afandi in December after leaving her job’s Christmas get together in River North. The 27-year-previous lady stated she acquired into what she thought was a taxi, pushed by Afandi. She stated she awoke behind the automotive bare with Afandi on prime of her. The lady was capable of escape earlier than he sexually assaulted her.
Authorities stated photographs and a video of the lady have been allegedly discovered on Afandi’s cellphone.
In January, Afandi allegedly attacked one other lady. The third sufferer stated she was ready with buddies outdoors Old Crow Smokeshouse in Wrigleyville. After her pals left in a separate, official Uber, the 25-year-previous lady stated Afandi pulled up and she or he received within the backseat of the automotive. The lady stated Afandi pulled onto a aspect road and raped her. After escaping, she ran to a close-by residence for assist. DNA from a sexual assault package was additionally allegedly linked to the phony driver.
Afandi is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated legal sexual assault. He was denied bail in Wednesday’s listening to. DNA Info reports that an Uber spokeswoman urged riders to verify the corporate’s public awareness campaign to keep away from moving into the flawed car.