ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 16NF0241
Date: March 17, 2016
*The defendant is accused of previously meeting the victim while driving for Uber
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of an Uber driver who is scheduled to be arraigned today for forcibly raping a woman after picking her up from a bar. Omar Mahmoud Mousa, 52, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of forcible rape, one felony count of forcible oral copulation, and one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object and force. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 24 years in state prison. He is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
At the time of the crime, Mousa was working as a driver for the transportation network service Uber.
On the evening of Oct. 24, 2015, Mousa, through Uber, is accused of picking up 21-year-old Jane Doe and her female friend at a motel in Anaheim and driving them to a bar in Fullerton. The defendant is accused of giving the women his business card and advising them to call him directly when they were leaving instead of using the Uber driving service.
In the early morning hours on Oct. 25, 2015, the defendant is accused of picking both women up from the bar in Fullerton and driving them back to the motel room in Anaheim after receiving a direct call from the victims. Mousa is accused of walking the women into their motel room where Jane Doe’s friend immediately passed out on the bed.
Mousa is accused of placing Jane Doe on the same bed, while she was intoxicated, pulling her pants down, and orally copulating her. He is accused of digitally penetrating Jane Doe and having sexual intercourse with her. Jane Doe told the defendant “no” multiple times and eventually managed to push him away. Mousa is accused of leaving the motel room and driving away.
Jane Doe reported the crime later that day to the Anaheim Police Department, who investigated this case. On Jan. 25, 2016, the OCDA filed charges against the defendant and attempted to serve an arrest warrant but the defendant was out of the country. On March 7, 2016, Mousa was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport when he returned to the country and was transported to Orange County Jail on March 15, 2016.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Mark Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.
Deputy District Attorney Rick Zimmer of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.