The St. Louis Dispatch reports that on Friday, January 20, 2023, prosecutors charged 32 year old Lyft driver, Qandagha Raufi, with sexually assaulting a passenger earlier in the month.
Charging documents state that Raufi picked up a woman at South 15th and Market in Downtown West in the early morning hours of January 8, 2023. He proceeded to drive south, against the passenger’s wishes to go to Jennings. Raufi then pulled over in an alley near Mermen Street and South Compton Avenue.
According to police, Raufi then assaulted the woman. She went to South City Hospital where her clothing was collected by authorities for testing. Court documents say that she was able to provide a receipt of the Lyft ride to authorities.
Raufi was arrested an subsequently charged with first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree kidnapping, and misdemeanor sexual misconduct. He is currently being held without bond as ordered by a judge.
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