Woman says she was attacked, groped by Uber driver

WSB - Atlanta


A Henry County woman says an Uber driver attacked her.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, filed a police report saying Jose Marrero Martinez picked her up from a restaurant and during the ride he tried to grope her.

She said she pushed Martinez away and that's when he punched her, in front of her 2-year-old son.

A McDonough was patrolling a shopping plaza on that Thursday around 9 p.m. when he saw the victim running toward him yelling "police."

The officer said the victim was already on the phone with 911, reporting the assault.

Police arrested Martinez at his McDonough home, charging him with battery and cruelty to children.

The victim, was going to tell her story on camera, but when the Martinez bonded out of jail, the victim decided against an interview out of fear.

Uber released a statement about the incident saying, "We were appalled to learn of this terrible and inexcusable incident - and have been in contact with the rider - to offer our full support, as she recovers from this ordeal. This driver was immediately removed from the platform, and we have been working directly with law enforcement to assist in their investigation."

The representative said Martinez had been an Uber driver for about four months before the incident.

Martinez's wife said he's being wrongly accused.

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