Mon. May 20th, 2024

A man has been arrested after authorities say he posed as a Lyft driver in Birmingham, Alabama and then sexually assaulted a woman.

40-year-old Cardalle Bruce Osby is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and kidnapping.

He pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge in a similar 2015 case in which authorities said Osby kidnapped a woman and raped her in front of two young children.

The new incident happened October 6, 2021, according to court records. Birmingham police say Osby was posing as a Lyft driver.

He picked up the woman at an undisclosed location and drove her to an apartment complex on Chase Lane on the city’s east side, police said.

The woman had called for a Lyft, police said, but Osby wasn’t believed to be a Lyft driver. It wasn’t immediately clear how, or if, he knew the woman had called for a ride.

Through an investigation by the Special Victims Unit, Birmingham police identified Osby as the suspect. He was taken into custody just over a week ago when he was stopped by Hoover police for a traffic violation.

He is being held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail.

Osby was arrested in a separate case in November 2015. Birmingham police said Osby abducted a woman and her two children, and then raped her in the car while the children looked on. The two knew each other.

Osby in 2016 pleaded guilty to the kidnapping charge. The rape and sodomy charges were dismissed, court records show.

He received a 15-year suspended sentence in that case.

Court records show he also pleaded guilty to robbery in 2020.

In that case, he received a 20-year sentence with four years to serve. He was still serving that sentence under a community corrections program.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to the Special Victims Unit detectives at 205-297-8413.

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By Buffy Gunner

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