Uber driver from Lawerence Charged with assault on woman

  • By Lisa Kashinsky lkashinsky@eagletribune.com
  • Jul 5, 2016
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  • ANDOVER — An Uber driver from Lawrence was arrested for indecent assault and battery after allegedly assaulting a female passenger Saturday while driving her from Methuen to Norwood, state police said Tuesday.
  • The driver, Junior Clarke, 31, of Lawrence, was arrested and charged with indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over, assault and battery, and accosting/annoying a person of the opposite sex.

    The incident began when a family member called 911 shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, July 2, saying that a 25-year-old woman was reporting to her family and a friend that she was being sexually assaulted and accosted by Clarke while traveling from Methuen to Norwood.

    State police immediately put out a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) notice for the vehicle, a brown 2007 Toyota Camry. They found the victim's destination in Norwood, but missed the suspect by a few minutes after he dropped off the victim and left.

    According to state police, Clarke allegedly repeatedly asked the woman to kiss him, which she refused, and asked her to “friend request” him on Snapchat, handing her his phone in order for her to do so.

    After she would not kiss him, police said Clarke allegedly began touching the woman inappropriately and making “obscene and sexually-themed statements,” at one point grabbing her arm and pulling it toward her body. According to the woman, Clarke's “assault and accosting behavior” ended several minutes before he dropped her off at her destination in Norwood and immediately left.

    State police tracked Clarke to his residence in Lawrence on Saturday but he wasn't there. They made contact with him later on Saturday, and Clarke met troopers at the state police's Andover barracks for an interview. At the conclusion of that interview, Trooper Michael Guerriero placed Clarke under arrest.

    Clarke was booked at the Andover barracks and posted his $40 bail fee. Since the offenses occurred in Middlesex County, Clarke is expected to be arraigned Thursday in Woburn District Court.

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