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Fake Rideshare Driver Gets 29 to Life in WeHo, Bev Hills Sex Assaults

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Carlos Omar Pichinte

LOS ANGELES — A man who sexually assaulted four women while posing as a rideshare driver was sentenced today to 29 years to life in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Karen Montoya said Carlos Omar Pichinte of Los Angeles pleaded no contest on Sept. 17 to two counts of assault with intent to commit a sexual assault and one count of forcible rape.

The Beverly Hills Police Department arrested Pichinte on May 20, 2017 in connection with an assault just a week after receiving a report. Pichinte, posing as a ride service driver, had picked up a female passenger in the City of West Hollywood. The victim believed the suspect was the legitimate ride service driver she had requested. The suspect drove a short distance before he pulled over in the City of Beverly Hills and sexually assaulted the victim. 

Other sexual assaults occurred in October 2016 and between March and May of 2017 in West Los Angeles and the cities of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Pichinte would pick up his victims in a car with rideshare decals and then drive them to another location to sexually assault them, the prosecutor said.

The case was investigated by the Beverly Hills Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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