Cops: Ride-share driver assaults 13-year-old in Los Angeles CA


A motorist accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old in Los Angeles may have other victims, California police say.

An armed man in a white 2021 Toyota Prius stopped next to a 13-year-old girl walking home and ordered her to get into his vehicle in Los Angeles last month, California police reported.

The man sexually assaulted the girl on Aug. 13, but she eventually escaped and ran, police said in a press release.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, investigators arrested Jonh Erik Bastidas Arenas, 37, on charges of lewd acts involving violence or fear, police said. They used security videos of the car to identify him.

Arenas has been working for several ride-share apps since September 2021, the release said.

Investigators are looking for other possible victims.

They ask anyone with information to call 818-374-5415 or leave an anonymous tip at 800-222-8477.

Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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