Serial rapist who posed as Uber driver pleads guilty to more cases, won’t be released until 2070

CHICAGO — A Glenview man accused of sexually assaulting women he picked up while posing as an Uber driver outside Chicago nightclubs has pleaded guilty to more cases.

Musaab Afandi, 39, is now scheduled to be paroled in September 2070 at the age of 86.

Prosecutors said that Afandi was never an Uber driver, but he posed as one to lure women into his car near bars in Wrigleyville and River North. He drove his victims to locations in Skokie and Chicago’s North Side to sexually assault them.

A jury convicted Afandi in one of the Skokie cases last year, resulting in a 45-year sentence from Judge Anjana Hansen. His attorneys filed an appeal.

This month, Afandi decided to plead guilty in three more cases. Prosecutors agreed to drop two others.

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In one of the newly-resolved cases, Afandi was accused of luring a woman into his fake rideshare outside Old Crow Smokehouse, 3506 North Clark, in Wrigleyville, on January 15, 2017.

Rather than taking the woman to her destination, he allegedly pulled over on the 3800 block of North Ravenswood and sexually assaulted the 25-year-old woman in his car, prosecutors said.

Hansen sentenced him to six years for aggravated criminal sexual assault, to be served at 85%.

On December 11, 2016, Afandi picked up a 27-year-old woman from a bar on the 200 block of West Chicago Avenue.

That victim told police she took a taxi from the bar and woke up in the back seat as Afandi raped her. Investigators later found photographs and video of the woman on Afandi’s phone, prosecutors said.

Hansen sentenced him to six years in that case and another six years for an additional sexual assault in Skokie. Those sentences will also be served at 85%.

Prosecutors dropped two of the cases Afandi faced. In one, he was accused of picking up a 21-year-old woman outside Mullens, a now-razed tavern that used to stand at 3527 North Clark in Wrigleyville.

They said he drove her to the 600 block of West Grace and sexually assaulted her in the back seat of his car. Prosecutors claimed that DNA linked Afandi to the case.

The other dropped case involved a sexual assault in the 4300 block of North Clarendon, according to Chicago police records.

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