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Lyft driver in Florida allegedly sexually assaulted intoxicated Texas tourist, police say

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Source: UNSPLASH; Miami-Dade Corrections

Mar. 4 2022, Published 4:05 p.m. ET

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A Lyft driver in Miami Beach is accused of raping a tourist who was in town from Texas, authorities said.

According to his arrest report, Kevyn Rojas, 28, was taken into custody on March 1 and charged with sexual battery of a physically helpless victim, WTVJ reported.

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The report states the tourist had gone out drinking with a friend at a bar in Wynwood on the evening of Feb. 26. The woman began to not feel well and was vomiting, so she ordered a Lyft to take her back to the Berkeley Shore Hotel in Miami Beach.

While enroute, the report states, the woman fell asleep and woke up to Roja driving past her hotel. Police wrote in the report that he continued to drive around and around 4:20 a.m. parked his Mitsubishi Galant and got into the back seat with the victim, who was lying down.

The woman told police Roja took off her underwear and she repeatedly told him to stop, but she was unable to fight him off during the pre-dawn incident because she was too intoxicated, according to the report.

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After the alleged sexual assault, Rojas dropped the woman off at her hotel and she phoned police, who located surveillance video that appeared to be consistent with her statement about what happened, the report states.

A judge set Rojas’ bond at $500,000 and ordered him to relinquish his passport, The Miami Herald reported.

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“Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the behavior described is appalling,” a spokesperson from the rideshare company told WTVJ in a statement. “The driver has been permanently removed from the Lyft community and we stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation in any way we can.”

lyft suspect
Source: UNSPLASH; Miami-Dade Corrections
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