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John Pastor-Mendoza: Colorado Lyft driver, 41, found guilty of abduction and sexual abuse of 10 women

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The Denver District Attorney's Office has charged John Pastor-Medoza, 41, a Lyft driver, with 41 felonies for allegedly kidnapping, abusing, and attempting to sexually abuse 10 women between September 16, 2018, and July 9, 2022. Police are looking into the case and think there may be additional victims who are connected to the suspect. The women used a ride-sharing app to seek a ride, and Pastor-Mendoza allegedly answered as the driver, according to the Law & Crime Network. Prosecutors claim that after that, he either drove his female victims to his house and raped them there or brought them there and assaulted them there. Police claimed that he would steal the victims' cell phones in addition to attacking them. The affidavit states that Pastor-Mendoza is currently facing charges for 10 counts of kidnapping his victim in order to commit a sexual offence, eight counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual assault, six counts of sexual assault attempts, and twelve counts of sexual assault attempts. He is also facing a charge of robbery. According to the affidavit, Pastor-Mendoza targeted severely drunk women who were looking for rides home from bars or nightclubs. Many ladies claimed to have fallen asleep and then woken up to discover they had been sexually assaulted in an unidentified apartment or in a moving car. The Denver police allegedly acquired a DNA match on July 21, 2022 from three women connecting Pastor-Mendoza to the alleged victims. Indictment day was August 19, 2022. Investigators received a critical tip from the Tracks bar, which resulted in the suspect's capture. The alleged incidents were reported to have occurred on: The Matchbox, 2625 Larimer St on Sept. 16, 2018. Beta Nightclub, 1909 Blake St on Dec. 29-30, 2018. LoDo area on March 9, 2019. LoDo’s Bar and Grill, 1946 Market St on March 17, 2019. Neon Baby, 1942 Market Street on July 27, 2019. The Irish Rover Pub, 54 South Broadway on Aug. 15, 2021. Speer Boulevard and 13th Street on Sept. 23, 2021. Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St on March 4, May 13-14, and July 8-9, 2022. A Lyft spokesperson told Law&Crime, "The behavior described is absolutely appalling, and the driver has been permanently removed from the Lyft community. We have been in touch with law enforcement to assist with their investigation and stand ready to provide support in an ongoing capacity." Uber spokesperson Navideh Forghani said, "Based on the information provided in the affidavit, the suspect has never used the Uber platform to drive and has never been a driver."
Denver cops are urging more victims to come forward with information and call them at (720) 913-2000.

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