An Uber driver, a high school student, a man being sought and a middle school teacher are this week’s Monday Pervy Monday contestants.
All are innocent until proven guilty, of course.
Uber driver Omar Mahmoud Mousa is scheduled to be arraigned April 8 for allegedly raping a female passenger he picked up from a bar in Fullerton—and there may be more victims, according to prosecutors. The 52-year-old Anaheim resident picked up the 21-year-old victim and her friend from a motel in Anaheim on Oct. 24, 2015, and drove them to a bar where Mousa is believed to have given them a business card, suggesting they call him when they need a ride back rather than use the Uber app again, according to Roxi Fyad of the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Mousa is accused hours later of picking up the bar from the bar, driving them back to their motel room and, while the friend was passed out, sexually assaulting the victim while she was intoxicated, Fyad says. She repeatedly said no and tried to push him away, Fyad said of the victim, who later reported the incident to the Anaheim Police Department. Mousa, who was taken into custody March 7 at Los Angeles International Airport after returning to the country, faces felony forcible rape and two other felony sex-related offenses that could send him to state prison for up to 24 years with a conviction. “Uber has a zero-tolerance policy for violent behavior, and our thoughts are with the victim of this atrocious crime,” Uber said in a statement. “We immediately blocked this individual’s access to the Uber platform upon learning of this incident and actively assisted law enforcement in their investigation.” The incident also drew this response from Dave Sutton of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association: “Young women have repeatedly accused Uber drivers of sexual assault in circumstances fitting the same pattern. These women are frequently alone, inebriated and/or overtired from a night out when they are preyed upon in crimes of opportunity. It’s the same terrible story again and again, and why cities are calling for Uber drivers to be fingerprinted.” Anyone with information related to the case against Mousa is urged to call Supervising District Attorney Investigator Mark Gutierrez at 714.347.8794.
Jared Jonah Linares is accused of sexually assaulting two of his female Villa Park High School classmates, according to the sheriff’s department. Deputies were alerted about the incidents by Villa Park High’s School Resource Officer, and that led to a two-day investigation that discovered 18-year-old Linares had sexually assaulted the females within the past year, and investigators fear there are more victims. Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Detail investigators arrested the Orange resident at the high school on March 18 for alleged sexual assault and booked him into the Orange County Jail. Anyone with additional information or believes they were a victim is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit Sergeant Mike Tanabe at 714.647.7418 or 714.647.7000. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters “OCCS”.)
The Santa Ana Police Department is looking for Carlos Olivares after receiving numerous tips that he is the man shown in surveillance video the agency released on Feb. 19 of women who were walking alone after shopping when a male came up from behind, engaged them in conversation and then dragged them off to sexually assault them. After Olivares was identified as the alleged perpetrator, further corroboration came via DNA consistent with his that the Orange County Crime Lab reportedly found on the clothing of one victim, police say. Now they need the full dude, who has not been seen at his residence in the 1600 block of Highland Street in Santa Ana since the surveillance video was released. A $500,000 arrest warrant has been issued for the man described as Hispanic, 31, 5-foot-6, 150 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a scar on his chin. If you see Olivares, call 9-1-1. If you have other information that can help detectives, call Santa Ana Police Detective Javier Aceves at 714.245.8542. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters “OCCS”.)
Eric James Mitchell, a music teacher at Calle Mayor Middle School in Torrance, was arrested at his Long Beach home recently for suspected possession of child pornography. The tip that led to Mitchell’s arrest by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations came from Brussels, Belgium, according to ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice, who did not elaborate. Sexually explicit images of children on digital devices were found after a search warrant was served at the 36-year-old’s home by ICE agents and police officers from Torrance and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Long Beach Internet Crimes Against Children. The Torrance Unified School District was told of the investigation and Mitchell was placed on administrative leave, Kice said. There is no indication so far that Mitchell’s students are depicted in the child porn, according to Joseph Macias, special agent in charge of HIS Los Angeles, who did caution they are early in the investigation. Before starting at Calle Mayor in September 2014, Mitchell had worked as a substitute teacher in Long Beach. Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to contact ICE’s toll-free Tip Line at (866) DHS-2-ICE or by completing the agency’s online tip form.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.