Police: Serial rapist posed as rideshare driver

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San Francisco police say a serial rape suspect has been arrested after he allegedly preyed on women by posing as a ride-hailing driver and picking up women waiting for rides.

Police said Friday that 37-year-old Orlando Vilchez Lazo of San Mateo was arrested on multiple charges including four counts each of felony rape, false imprisonment, kidnapping and assault.

Commander Greg McEachern was visibly disturbed when he spoke to KGO about the crimes.

“I’m sorry to get emotional, but this is the exact same thing that could happen anywhere in the city,” McEachern said. “We are certain he is responsible for these four rapes.”

Vilchez Lazo allegedly committed at least four rapes, one in 2013 and three this year, with the most recent attack in June. Commander Greg McEachren says he often waited outside bars late at night, then drove to other locations.

McEachern told KGO investigators suspect there are more victims.

“There’s a long time between 2013 and 2018, so it’s hard to believe he wasn’t committing some kind of assault somewhere else,” he said.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Vilchez Lazo was being held at the San Francisco Jail on $4.2 million bail. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

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