Emero Tornero found guilty of sexual assaults
A man who posed as a cab driver to carry out a series of sexual assaults was found guilty Monday.
Emero Tornero of Washington, D.C. faced 16 charges, which included counts for kidnapping and sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances.
From 2005 to 2008, the 32-year-old picked up women who hailed his rigged "cab". The vehicle was set up so that the rear doors and windows did not open from the inside. Once the victims were inside, he took them to secluded areas where he raped them.
According to a release, the first incident occurred on May 10, 2005 around 11:30 a.m. Tornero picked up a 23-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter at 9th and N Streets NW. The U.S. Attorney's Office says he abducted the two, taking them to a secluded area. Once they arrived, he threw the child into the front seat and sexually assaulted the mother in the back seat.
On Jan. 7, 2006, a 25-year-old woman near 8100 New Hampshire Avenue in Montgomery County, Md. hailed Tornero's cab. Instead of taking her to work, he took her to a parking lot in D.C. and raped her at gun and knifepoint, the release states.
A 29-year-old woman out for a girl's night out was Tornero's third victim. On Nov. 29, 2008, she became intoxicated while inside a nightclub and became separated from her sister as they were leaving. The victim passed out in the taxicab. Tornero took her to a secluded area, where he raped her, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.
Tornero's DNA was linked to all three cases, as well as the robbery of a man who hailed his cab from downtown D.C. to Arlington in June 2008.
Tornero was previously convicted to to more than 24 years in prison for attacks in 2008 against Maryland and Virginia taxi drivers who were working in the District of Columbia.
He will be sentenced on March 13. He faces a maximum of life in prison.