An Uber driver with a criminal history of sexual violence is charged with raping or assaulting at least three women he picked up in Boston – and warrants indicate his DNA profile may be linked to two other unsolved rape cases, all from 2017.
‘I was raped in an Uber,’ an alleged victim tells a Boston EMT after a Boston University student’s police first responded to a call that the victim was a “depressed student on the roof”, according to a police report.
The fake Uber driver in the alleged rape, according to three warrants for three separate incidents issued by Boston City Court, is William Mancortes, 43, of Hyde Park. Boston police arrested him around 8 a.m. on Friday and he is expected to be arraigned on Monday.
The BPD linked the cases together through their Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. The agency applied and won a federal grant of $2.5 million expand its ability to resolve sexual assault cases.
Mancortes was also wanted in Quincy District Court on one count of aggravated rape and one count of kidnapping.
In the first warrant, the previously named alleged victim said she was picked up by what she believed to be her Uber driver outside a bar on the first block of South Market Street in the Faneuil Hall area on January 15, 2017 . .
She told police she was raped once she entered. She underwent a rape kit examination at Beth Israel Hospital the same day, police said.
Three months later came a similar story. On April 15, 2017, another alleged victim told Boston police that she was at an MIT party the night before, left around 1 a.m., and walked across the Massachusetts Avenue bridge — often called Harvard Bridge – towards his home in Boston. On the other side of the bridge, she entered an unknown vehicle, according to the police report.
“The victim said maybe she thought it was an Uber because she was so drunk, but she knows she never called an Uber,” the police report said.
Once inside, she told police, the driver sat in the back and began kissing her, then taking her pants off. She then allegedly told him to stop and take her home, but he continued and she may have started kissing him back. She said she didn’t remember much but that they had sex.
After speaking with her roommate and best friend about her hazy memory of the night, she underwent a rape kit examination at Beth Israel Hospital, police report.
The following month, in a similar story – but ultimately charged with sexual assault, not rape – an alleged victim called an Uber to take her home after a night out at a Union Street tavern. The driver came in a white Toyota Corolla, which Boston police said they were able to track to Mancortes, the alleged victim got on board and then remembered very little.
At one point, she woke up to find her romper down and the driver in the back seat with her sexually abusing her, according to the police report. She yelled at him to “Take the (expletive) away from me!” which she said he complied and got into the front seat. She shouted “Take me home,” the police report says, and he did. She was charged $14.62 for the ride.
Boston police say DNA collected during sexual assault exams is linked and is also linked to another unsolved rape case in Boston and an unsolved rape case in Milton. Mancortes has previously been convicted of two counts of assaulting a person under the age of 14 and one count of lewd and lascivious acts.