A 37-year-old ride-share driver arrested on suspicion of raping a woman he drove home from a Van Nuys pub has been released, police said Saturday.
Officer Jeff Lee of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section told City News Service it was unclear when or why Octavio Alvarez Gomez was released.
The woman summoned a Lyft driver to take her home about 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“When they arrived in the area of the victim’s residence and prior to her exiting the suspect’s vehicle, she was sexually assaulted,” police said. “The victim reported the incident to officers of the Los Angeles Police Department and detectives from Van Nuys Division initiated the investigation.”
Detectives identified Gomez as the suspect.
“A surveillance was conducted and the suspect was apprehended while continuing his work as a Lyft driver,” police said.
Gomez, who also drove for Uber, was arrested and booked on suspicion of kidnapping with the intent to commit a sexual assault, rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object and felony sexual battery.
His bail was set at $2.225 million, police said.
Police also asked anyone who may have been victimized by a similar crime to contact the LAPD’s Van Nuys Station at (818) 374-9500. After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.