Mocobizscene- According to court papers received Jan. 2, a 27-year-old burglar with an extensive criminal history was found guilty of robbing and sexually assaulting a Lyft driver in Anaheim more than a year ago.
Samuel Nicholas Rodriguez, who has a long criminal history of auto theft, was found guilty on Tuesday of misdemeanor assault for using a lethal weapon to commit a sexual offense. As a result, his sentence was increased. His sentencing is set for February 23.
A representative for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office stated that he was inquiring about the possible penalty he would receive from the prosecution.
As opposed to being charged with a felony count of assault with the intent to conduct a sex offense, Mr. Rodriguez was found guilty by juries of a misdemeanor. In addition, the defendant was found guilty of three felonies: robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and coercing a witness. True sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a lethal weapon were also found by the jurors.
Mr. Rodriguez, a vagrant, called the Lyft driver at approximately 7:15 a.m. on December 18, 2022. Lt. Shane Carringer of the Anaheim Police Department said that a woman in west Anaheim picked him up. During the ride, Mr. Rodriguez tried to sexually assault the driver by stabbing her with a knife, but she managed to escape the car and seek for assistance, according to Mr. Carringer.
Jail records stated that he had been detained from December 2–13, 2022. With a past felony conviction for driving or taking a vehicle and a misdemeanor conviction for petty theft, Mr. Rodriguez entered a guilty plea to theft in August 2022.
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