Uber driver from H.B. charged with raping unconscious 17-year-old passenger in Laguna Beach

An Uber driver from Huntington Beach has been charged with raping an unconscious 17-year-old female passenger near her Laguna Beach home.

Samer Alaaeldin Mahran, 23, was charged Tuesday with one felony count of rape by use of drugs, one felony count of forceful oral copulation upon a minor over 14 years of age, one felony count of sexual penetration of a child over the age of 14 by foreign object or force and one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.


Mahran could face a maximum sentence of 28 years in state prison if convicted.

He was released from custody Wednesday after posting $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 2 at the Orange County Central Jail court in Santa Ana.


Authorities said the teenager was at a bar in Huntington Beach at about 2 a.m. Saturday when a family member hailed an Uber driver to take her home.

According to the district attorney's office, the driver picked up the girl but did not take her home.

A concerned family member used an Uber tracking feature to find the car, which was parked near the girl's home, authorities said.

When the family member looked inside the vehicle, he found the girl, who was unconscious due to intoxication, and Mahran in the back seat, according to the district attorney's office.

The family member helped her out of the car and called police while Mahran drove away, authorities said.

Police used the family member's description of Mahran, the license plate number of the car and Mahran's Uber profile to find him, authorities said. He was arrested at his Huntington Beach apartment.

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