According to an article recently published by the Chicago Sun-Times, Boanerges Lopez, a Lyft driver in the greater Chicago area, was arrested on April 25, 2021, for sexually assaulting an 19-year-old woman back in 2018. According to Cook County prosecutors, the victim was was hoping for a ride home after she was out with friends when she was attacked by Lopez.
Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin DeBoni says that as Lopez approached the woman’s residence, he got out of his car, opened the rear passenger-side door, and pulled her legs toward him. Although the victim demanded that Lopez stop, he continued, placing his hands on her throat and applying pressure before assaulting her. Lopez proceeded to allegedly try to force the woman to perform a sex act, but the woman was able to bravely resist.
Part of the attack was also captured on surveillance video from a neighboring house. In the footage, it shows a vehicle pulling up and the driver exiting and walking to the rear passenger-side door. The side door remains open for almost 10 minutes before the passenger walks away.
The woman suffered bruises to her breast, thigh, and neck. She told her friends about the attack the next day, and she was then taken to a hospital where a criminal sexual assault kit was taken. The unwashed clothes she was wearing at the time of the attack was also tested.
In September of 2018, Lopez consented to a buccal swab test. His DNA profile was a near perfect match to the semen found on the woman’s underwear. An arrest warrant was issued for Lopez in March, 2020, and following his arrest he is being held in custody without bail. Lopez is expected back in court May 17.
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While Boanerges Lopez has been arrested and remains in custody without bail, the full extent of his abuse is unclear. If you believe that you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault by Boanerges Lopez, a Lyft driver in the greater Chicago area, contact us immediately to explore your legal options and get help today.
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