A Rhode Island man already charged with raping eight women he picked up outside Boston bars and clubs by posing as an Uber driver between 2017 and 2019 was arraigned yesterday for a ninth rape, based on video he recorded on his phone, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Alvin Campbell, 39, of Cumberland, RI, has been behind bars since his arrest in January, 2020 for one rape. He was then indicted for that and seven other alleged rapes.
Authorities allege Campbell prowled areas near Boston bars and clubs, looking for drunk or otherwise impaired women outside, to whom he would pose as an Uber driver, take them somewhere, then rape them in the car - in attacks which he would often video.
According to the DA's office:
As part of the ongoing investigation into these alleged serial attacks, Boston Police detectives obtained a warrant allowing them to search a cloud-based account associated with Mr. Campbell’s cell phone. That search uncovered more video evidence, including footage that the Commonwealth alleges shows him repeatedly raping an unconscious victim in June 2018.
The DA's office says that Campbell lost his right to drive for Uber in 2016, but that when he was arrested, his car "was festooned with Uber stickers and logos.
At his arraignment yesterday, a Suffolk Superior Court judge set an April 27 dangerousness hearing, at which prosecutors will make the case he should remain behind bars without bail for a set period of time as a potential risk to the community.