JPSO: Lyft Driver Kidnapped, Raped New Orleans Woman

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The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is charging a Lyft driver after he kidnapped and raped a 43-year-old woman.

Officials say 30-year-old Yousef Hamed was arrested on Tuesday and booked for second-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape after he picked a woman up from a Bywater bar and took her to his West Bank apartment and raped her.

After the incident, the woman called police, who investigated the incident. Officials say investigators were able to determine he raped her at his residence.

Hamed was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna and his bond was set at $400,000.

Officials with Lyft issued a statement yesterday terming the allegations as "horrific."

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