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.
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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