Prosecutors linked three new Chicago sexual assault cases at a Wednesday hearing to a man accused of posing as an Uber driver, then raping his passengers. The latest charges against him include sexual assault and kidnapping.
Musaab S. Afandi, 33, is accused to picking up women in April 2016, December 2016 and January 2017, pretending to be their Uber driver, and taking them to secluded alleys and streets where he then attempted to sexually assault them.
Afandi was first arrested in March after two women reported being attacked outside bars on Chicago’s North Side, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Prosecutors presented DNA evidence connecting the assaults to Afandi, who was already being held without bail.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jillian Anselmo said Afandi picked up a woman on April 10, 2016, in Wrigleyville, posing as her Uber driver. When she realized he was not driving her to her destination, she asked him to stop the car. There, Anselmo said, the woman resisted but Afandi pinned her down, took her clothes off and raped her.
In addition to the DNA evidence linking Afandi to the assault, prosecutors also found photos and video on his phone of another woman who was assaulted in December. Similarly, she believed she was getting into a taxi when Afandi got into the backseat and allegedly began attempting to assault her.
Prosecutors say his DNA was also found in the rape kit administered by a hospital to a third woman, who assaulted after getting in a car outside of a bar in Wrigleyville.
The two other cases already filed against Afandi, from February and March, are also still pending.
[Photo: Cook County Sheriff's Office]