Man arrested for allegedly posing as an Uber or Lyft driver to lure women

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Friday morning, Bakersfield Police arrested a man for stalking, prowling, peeping into a residence, burglary, false imprisonment, and attempted sexual battery.

Forty-eight-year-old Nassef Ragheb was taken into custody on the 2300 block of L Street, across from our KGET studios.

BPD said the arrest came as the result of three related investigations over the past three years.

Last Saturday, officers found him looking into the windows of a home around Brimhall Road and Jewetta Avenue in Northwest Bakersfield. A follow-up led police to identify Ragheb as a suspect in that investigation.

Ragheb had been listed previously as a suspect in related incidents reported to BPD and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in 2018 and 2019.

In 2019, Ragheb posed as an Uber or Lyft driver in an attempt to lure women into his car, according to investigators. They say he once also attempted to forcibly kiss one a woman after driving her home.

In 2018, BPD said he stalked one woman, looking into her windows from her backyard, and even entering her home through an unlocked door.

BPD said Ragheb appeared to target women that were possibly intoxicated leaving local bars and restaurants.

If you know of any other incidents Ragheb may have been involved in, you can call BPD at 327-7111.

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