Tom Sofield November 19, 2016
An Uber driver is accused of indecently assaulting a customer in the Levittown area.
Louis Rubio, 55, of Falls Township, is accused of locking the doors of his car after picking up a woman via the Uber app, driving her to a baseball field and indecently assaulting her before driving her to her home in Levittown.
Middletown police wrote in court papers filed recently that Rubio picked up the woman at 10:49 p.m. at a auto repair shop in Fairless Hills after she hailed a ride using Uber. The driver – identified on the app as Lou – drove the woman toward her Levittown apartment but stopped at the baseball fields near the intersection of Woodbourne and Bristol-Oxford Valley roads.
While stopped, Rubio locked the door to his vehicle and asked his passenger to perform oral sex on him and touch his penis. She repeatedly refused and told Rubio she wanted to go home, police said.
The alleged incident escalated and Rubio took out his penis and grabbed the woman’s hand to place it on him, police said.
Rubio allegedly asked the woman to show him her breast and she complied out of fear. She complied because “she was afraid that if she hadn’t, something worse may happen,” according to court papers.
After fondling the woman, the driver finally drove her to her apartment, police said.
A detective who was assigned to investigate the claim talked to Rubio. He said the Uber ride was “uneventful” and finally admitted to pulling over and feeling the woman’s breasts, police said.
An Uber spokesperson told LevittownNow.com the woman alerted them to the incident along with police. The ride-sharing company banned Rubio from using the app and followed its policy.
Uber drivers, according to the spokesperson, receive background checks in compliance with state laws and the company has a team that monitors user feedback and any complaints. In the November 1 incident, the company quickly was in communication with the woman and is cooperating with police.
Rubio was charged with two counts of indecent assault and single counts of indecent exposure and false imprisonment. The charges were sent via mail summons and Rubio is set to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge Daniel Baranoski next month.