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News Release

Friday, October 5, 2018

Media Relations

Van Nuys Rape Investigation NR18254RB

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Area is asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to locating additional potential victims of an UBER and Lyft driver.

On October 2, 2018, around 10:00 PM, a resident of Van Nuys was leaving a local pub, when she summoned the services of a Lyft driver to provide her a ride home. When they arrived in the area of the victims residence and prior to her exiting the suspect's vehicle, she was sexually assaulted. The victim reported the incident to officers of the Los Angeles Police Department and detectives from Van Nuys Division initiated the investigation.

After investigation, Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Octavio Alvarez Gomez, 37 years old. A surveillance was conducted and the suspect was apprehended while continuing his work as a Lyft driver. Gomez was booked for ):
209(b)(1) PC- Kidnap with the Intent to commit a Sexual Assault
261(a)(2) PC- Rape
289(a) 1 PC - Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object
243.4(a) PC- Felony Sexual Battery
Bail Amount- $2,225,000

Octavio Alvarez Gomez

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Van Nuys Area, Los Angeles Police Department, at (818) 374-9500. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7(877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637(C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipster may also go to, Click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.