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Taxi driver suspected of sexual assault identified

December 26, 2012 |  4:43 pm

123046shenoudabookingManhattan Beach Police released the photo of a taxi driver suspected of sexually assaulting multiple women in the South Bay region.

Torrance resident Sameh Shenouda, 38, was arrested in November on charges of sexually assaulting a woman in August, according to Manhattan Beach Det. Michael Rosenberger.

“The victim did not initially report the crime until she saw a news report of a similar offense occurring in Redondo Beach,” Rosenberger said.

News of Shenouda’s arrest prompted other women to come forward with information.

Rosenberger said Shenouda would offer rides to women who were walking in the evening. He would open the front passenger door so they would sit up front with him, making it easier to assault them, he said.

The United Taxi, Shenouda’s employer, has been “very cooperative with investigators,” Rosenberger said.

Manhattan Beach police are asking that if anyone has been assaulted or touched inappropriately by a taxi driver in the South Bay in the last year to contact detectives at (310) 802-5127.


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Photo: Sameh Shenouda. Credit: Manhattan Beach Police Department.