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Lyft driver accused of kidnapping, raping woman he picked up in downtown St. Louis

Lyft driver accused of kidnapping, raping woman he picked up in downtown St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS — A driver for Lyft was accused Thursday in St. Louis of picking up a woman downtown, taking her for a ride and raping her.

Larry Donnell Ward, 53, of the 3300 block of Bay Tree Drive in St. Peters, was charged with first-degree rape and kidnapping.

Larry Donnell Ward

Larry Donnell Ward, a former Lyft driver who lives in St. Peters, was charged with first-degree rape and kidnapping in December for allegedly assaulting a passenger. Photo provided by St. Peters police

Court documents say Ward picked up a woman on June 22 in the 1000 block of Clark Avenue, turned off his ride-share location software and deviated from the route to her requested destination.

Ward then entered the back seat and raped her while she was intoxicated, charges say. Test results from a rape kit confirmed the presence of Ward's DNA.

Bail for Ward was set at $100,000 cash.

A representative with the Circuit Attorney's Office said results of DNA tests on Ward came back this week, prompting prosecutors to file charges.

Lyft did not respond to a request for comment.

No lawyer for Ward was listed in court records.


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