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California police seek victims of man accused of posing as Uber, Lyft driver to lure women

Nassef Ragheb

Nassef Ragheb

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A California man accused of posing as a rideshare driver faces charges including burglary, false imprisonment, and attempted sexual battery. Police asked that other potential victims come forward.

Nassef Ragheb, 48, of Bakersfield was arrested Friday, Feb. 7, Bakersfield police said. Authorities linked him to several investigations in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

In the most recent case, on Feb. 1, officers investigated a prowling incident in Bakersfield. Ragheb was identified as the suspect, police said.

Investigators also linked him to two other incidents — in 2018 and 2019 — when Ragheb allegedly posed as an Uber or Lyft driver and tried to get women to enter his vehicle.

On at least one occasion, Ragheb allegedly drove a victim to her home and forcibly kissed her, police said.

In another case, a victim reported seeing Ragheb in the victim’s backyard, peering into the windows, authorities said.

And in another instance, Ragheb allegedly entered another victim’s home through an unlocked door, investigators said.

All of the incidents took place in northwest Bakersfield, police said.

It was not clear Sunday whether Ragheb had an attorney.

Authorities asked anyone else who might have been a victim to call 661-326-3554.

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