Detectives on Wednesday released the identity and photograph of a cabbie arrested last month on suspicion of groping at least two South Bay women in his taxi.
Sameh Youssef Shenouda, 38, of Torrance, a driver for United Taxi, is free on bail following his Nov. 21 arrest in connection with the case, Manhattan Beach police Detective Michael Rosenberger said.
Police had withheld Shenouda's name while they investigated whether any other victims existed, Rosenberger said.
Manhattan Beach police opened an investigation after a woman reported that a cab driver groped her on Aug. 19. Her account followed a similar crime report from another woman in Redondo Beach, Rosenberger said.
In both cases, a cab driver pulled up to the women as they walked alone in the early evening hours, offered them a ride, pushed open his front passenger door and invited them inside. During the ride, he reached out and grabbed their breasts or leg.
Shenouda was a named suspect in a similar case in Manhattan Beach in 2010, but the District Attorney's Office cited insufficient evidence and did not charge him. Police detectives then identified Shenouda as a suspect in the recent Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach cases and arrested him Nov. 21.
Rosenberger said he plans to take his case against Shenouda to the District Attorney's Office next week. The detective said it's possible more alleged victims could surface now that the cabbie's name and photograph have been released.
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