Lexington police searching for rape suspect who posed as taxi driver

Lexington police are searching for a man who posed as a taxi driver and raped a woman in a church parking lot.

Police say a woman was walking in the area of Mill and High streets at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1 when a man in a dark-colored, four-door sedan offered her a ride.

Instead of taking the woman where she asked, the man drove her to a church parking lot near the Fayette County line where he assaulted and raped her, according to police. The driver left the parking lot, and the woman went to a location nearby and called for help.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds with short dark hair and a short beard, police say. He is also described as having chubby cheeks, a belly and an overall unkempt appearance.