Lyft driver accused of raping and robbing Miami Beach customer

A man appeared in Miami-Dade County court on Tuesday after detectives accused him of taking advantage of a woman while working as a Lyft driver in Miami Beach.

Officers arrested Samuel Bucevschi, 35, of Coconut Creek, on Monday accusing him of raping a woman who was incapacitated, credit card fraud, and theft.

Bucevschi used a gray Toyota RAV4 to pick up his victim outside of the Eden Roc Hotel, at 4525 Collins Ave., about 1 a.m., on Feb. 10, according to the arrest report.

Bucevschi gave her his phone number so she could call him to get back to the hotel, and he dropped her off at a bar in Washington Avenue, according to the report.

Surveillance video shows Bucevschi’s car at the hotel and him carrying his victim into the hotel shortly after 4:35 a.m, according to detectives.

About 10 a.m., she woke up naked in her room, her phone and $500 in cash were gone, and her Lyft account had nearly $300 in unauthorized charges from Bucevshi. An officer met with the victim at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s rape treatment center.

Bucevschi is facing charges of sexual battery, credit card fraud, and grand theft.

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