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Woman Molested by Lyft Driver on her Way Home in Los Angeles, Fell Asleep and Woke Up in Semi-Naked Situation

Woman Molested by Lyft Driver on her Way Home in Los Angeles, Fell Asleep and Woke Up in Semi-Naked Situation

Santa Monica, CA: The Santa Monica Police Department has arrested a Lyft driver accused of sexual molestation of a female passenger.

The passenger booked the ride from a restaurant in West Hollywood to her home in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Police said in a release that the victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, informed them that on September 7, 2023, she was driven home from a restaurant in West Hollywood by 34-year-old Fernando Macias Morales of Los Angeles.

The Santa Monica woman “woke up to inappropriate touching” after falling asleep in the Lyft, according to the police.

The driver then tried to accompany her to her house to which she resisted. He then said he would walk her to the house as per KTLA.

The driver faces the following charges as filed by the Santa Monica Police Department:

  • Kidnapping to commit a sexual act
  • Sexual penetration of a person intoxicated or under sedation
  • Oral copulation of a person intoxicated person or under sedation

According to jail records, Morales was released after posting bond of $500,000 and was previously detained. It appears that the court date information is not yet available.

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