Toronto Uber driver charged with kidnapping 18-year-old passenger

An 18-year-old woman was able to escape after Uber driver allegedly refused to let her out of car

By Trevor Dunn, CBC News 

Posted: May 23, 2017 11:35 AM ET  

A 24-year-old Uber driver has been charged with kidnapping one of his passengers.

According to Toronto police, an 18-year-old woman arranged for an Uber ride on Sunday around 4:00 p.m near Eglinton Avenue East and Dunfield Avenue in the Yonge-Eglinton area.

The passenger told police the driver engaged in inappropriate conversation and made "unwanted advances."

When the woman refused and asked to be let out of the car — a Nissan Altima — police said the Uber driver refused and attempted to forcibly take her to another location.

The woman was able to escape and called police.

Toronto police charged the Uber driver Sukhbaj Singh, who is from Belleville, Ont., with forcible confinement, kidnapping and assault, on Monday.

Singh has been released on bail and is due back in court in early July.

Driver immediately removed

Uber called the allegations "unacceptable" and something that is "not tolerated on the Uber app."

The company was contacted by Toronto police on Sunday, shortly after the incident was reported.

"We immediately removed this driver's access following this report and will provide any information to law enforcement that would be helpful for their investigation," an Uber spokesperson said in an email.