A Miami Gardens man who was on bail last month after being charged with attempted sexual abuse is back in Broward Prison Thursday – this time without ties – facing charges of sexual battery, kidnapping and armed robbery faced.
In both cases, police said he was posing as a police officer to force his victims to have sex.
Police in two counties suspect that 28-year-old Rasheed Mondesir hunted at least eight women. He allegedly took women off the streets before claiming to be a police officer and then in some cases raped and robbed them.
His most recent arrest comes two months after a woman told Hollywood police he tried to rape her and called her to his car in a parking lot in a side shop off US 1 shortly before dawn and asked about sex.
As she got in the car, the woman said he claimed to be a police officer and threatened to take her to jail unless she gave him oral sex.
After he could not show a badge, she kicked him in the groin and, according to the police, tried to escape from the moving car, but could not get out of the accelerating black Dodge Charger. The rear tire ran over her leg and broke it in two places, reports say.
Using surveillance video and a license plate reader, Hollywood police tracked the car to Mondesir in Miami Gardens and arrested him weeks later on charges of attempted sexual harassment, assault and copycat copying.
District Judge Nina DiPietro placed $ 25,000 bail on these charges. The warrant states: “It should be noted that Mondesir is suspected of being involved in five other incidents involving a black man operating a black Dodge Charger, robbery and / or sexual assault in various Broward County jurisdictions. “
He’s on bail, but he was back a few days later, police say – this time he raped a woman and then robbed her at gunpoint.
“The allegations are essentially the same as in this case,” said prosecutor Eric Linder. “He allegedly picked up a woman on the street, put her in his car, told her he was a Hollywood cop and forced her to engage in sexual acts.”
Linder asked Mondesir to be detained this time without a guarantee, also because he could face life imprisonment due to the alleged use of a firearm in the robbery on his newest victim.
Citing his previous arrest and the addition of Mondesir, who is also suspected of another similar incident in Miami-Dade County, Linder said, “Of course, the state has major concerns about the safety of the community, to say the least.”
Even Mondesir’s lawyer did not deny this at the court hearing on Thursday.
“No argument, judge,” he said. “I spoke to him. I told him he wasn’t coming out.”