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Lyft driver accused of raping and robbing Miami Beach hotel visitor

MIAMI Beach front, Fla. – A person appeared in Miami-Dade County court on Tuesday after detectives accused him of using advantage of a girl when doing the job as a Lyft driver in Miami Beach front.

Officers arrested Samuel Bucevschi, 35, of Coconut Creek, on Monday accusing him of raping a female who was incapacitated and stealing from her in her Eden Roc Lodge space.

“I never know how a lot of other victims may possibly or might not be out there,” Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy S Glazer mentioned in court for the duration of the bond hearing on Tuesday.

Bucevschi used a gray 2018 Toyota RAV4 to select up the woman about 1 a.m., on Feb. 10 outside of the posh resort at 4525 Collins Ave., in accordance to the arrest report. He gave her his phone range so she could contact him to get back again to the resort, and he dropped her off at a bar, according to the report.

Surveillance video shows Bucevschi carrying his sufferer into the resort shortly right after 4:35 a.m., and leaving the resort about 5:30 a.m. with two cell phones, in accordance to detectives. About 10 a.m., the sufferer woke up bare in her home — her phone and $500 in money had been long gone, and her Lyft account experienced approximately $300 in unauthorized prices from Bucevschi, police explained.

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Miami Seaside police officers arrested Samuel Bucevschi on Monday and he remained in Miami-Dade County’s custody on Tuesday.

An officer met with the victim at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s rape therapy middle and established out to lookup for Bucevschi. When detectives questioned him, he admitted he was the man in the surveillance online video, but he denied owning raped the victim and refused to deliver a DNA sample, police mentioned.

Documents show he remained at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Centre on Tuesday afternoon when Lyft produced a assertion reporting his entry to the app was taken off and the corporation was cooperating with regulation enforcement.

“These rideshare operators like Lyft have to do a much better occupation at screening these motorists. There need to be more safeguards in spot,” stated Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department.

Bucevschi is experiencing fees of grand theft, a few counts of credit history card fraud, and sexual battery of a physically incapacitated target. Glazer set his bond at $520,000 and purchased him to remain away from the target.

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Lyft’s statement

“Safety is elementary to Lyft. What is staying explained is horrifying and the driver’s accessibility to Lyft has been forever taken off. We have achieved out to the rider to supply our support and achieved out to law enforcement to provide our support with their investigation.”

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Samuel Bucevschi (MBPD)

4:30 p.m. report

A male appeared in Miami-Dade County courtroom on Tuesday following detectives accused him of having edge of a lady whilst performing as a Lyft driver in Miami Beach.

Relevant report on yet another Lyft driver

A 26-calendar year-outdated gentleman was arrested Tuesday on accusations that he raped a tourist just after buying her up from a bar in Wynwood though he was operating as a Lyft driver.

Community 10 Information Assignment Desk Editors Aura Martinez and Guadalupe Monarrez contributed to this report.

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