DA Charges Man of Posing as Ride-Share Driver to Assault Women

By The G.E.S. Gazette staff

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann recently announced prosecutors with her office filed 41 felony counts against 41-year-old John Pastor-Mendoza alleging that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted, or attempted to sexually assault 10 women between Sept. 16, 2018, and July 9, 2022.

The most recent incidents Pastor-Mendoza is accused of committing happened between March and July of this year at Tracks Denver in Five Points.

John Pastor-Mendoza

“Pastor-Mendoza allegedly responded as the driver when the women used a ride-sharing app to request a ride,” the district attorney’s office stated. “Prosecutors claim that he would either sexually assault his female victims in his vehicle or take them to his home and assault them there.”

On July 21, 2022, Denver police received a DNA match from evidence collected from three victims linking Pastor-Mendoza to the alleged sexual assaults. Denver police officials ask that anyone with information or who thinks they may have also been assaulted by Pastor-Mendoza to please call 720-913-2000.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred on:

• Sept. 16, 2018 at The Matchbox, 2625 Larimer St.
• Dec. 29 and 30, 2018 at Beta Nightclub, 1909 Blake St.
• March 9, 2019 in the LoDo area
• March 17, 2019 at LoDo’s Bar and Grill, 1946 Market St.
• July 27, 2019 at Neon Baby, 1942 Market St.
• Aug. 15, 2021 at The Irish Rover Pub, 54 South Broadway • Sept. 23, 2021 at Speer Boulevard and 13th Street
• March 4, May 13 and 14, July 8 and 9 of this year at Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St. Pastor-Mendoza’s first appearance in court was Nov. 4.

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