Man accused of serial rapes allegedly posed as rideshare driver

Posted at 7:39 AM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 07:39:40-05

LOS ANGELES (KCAL/KCBS/CNN) - A man accused of more than two dozen sex crimes is now behind bars.

Authorities said the suspect lured some of his victims by posing as a rideshare driver.

The felony complaint details 27 violent sex crimes involving seven victims.

Prosecutors said the serial rapist, identified in the complaint as 44-year-old Nicolas Morales, targeted his victims by posing as a rideshare driver. 

Police haven't released Morales' booking photo, but an LAPD news release issued last summer includes a composite drawing of a rape suspect who sexually assaulted a woman who got into a car thinking it was the ride she ordered. 

Morales is charged with a sexual assault on the same day, as seen in count 11 of the felony complaint. 

A neighbor who lives next door said he often saw Morales cleaning two or three different cars in front of his Canyon County home. 

"Sometimes he was cleaning them sometimes he was vacuuming them, yes," he said. 

Security expert Louis Perry said whenever you order a car through a rideshare service, make sure you've been provided with the name and photo of the driver, a description of the car and a license plate number.

Don't get into a car until you have this information. Then, he said, follow your intuition.

"If it doesn't feel good, walk away. That's the best advice I can tell you," Perry said.

Above all, he said, don't get into a car driven by a stranger who offers you a ride, even one who claims to be a rideshare driver. 

"In 2018, if you're willing to jump into any car that a person walks up to you and says, 'Hi, I'm a driver from this company,' you're making a big mistake, and eventually you're going to become a victim," Perry said.

Morales has been in police custody since Friday. The district attorney's office wants his bail set at more than $10 million.

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