Chicago-Prosecutors: Lyft driver accused of zip-tying, sexually assaulting passenger

Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas  Chicago Tribune 07/21/2017

A driver of a ride-sharing service appeared in court Friday on charges that he kidnapped a customer, physically restrained her with a zip tie, and sexually assaulted and robbed her, all at knifepoint, according to prosecutors.

Angelo McCoy, 48, is being held in lieu of $900,000 bail in the July 7 crime, in which a 25-year-old Chicago woman was restrained and attacked, authorities said.

McCoy was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful restraint, police and prosecutors said.

The woman used the Lyft app on her phone to order a ride home from a bar because she felt she had had too much to drink and was picked up near the intersection of Hubbard and Clark streets about 11 p.m., Assistant State's Attorney Melissa Howlett told the judge.

Investigators would later learn the driver entered a pickup time of 11:06 p.m. and the system showed a drop-off time of 11:11 p.m., when in actuality the woman would be held against her will until after 1 a.m., Howlett said. 

The woman’s friend walked out to the curb with her and watched as she got into a white 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV that matched the description of the Lyft vehicle that appeared on the woman’s mobile app, according to Howlett.

The woman fell asleep in the back seat of the SUV, and when she awoke, she realized the vehicle wasn’t headed in the direction of her home. She asked to get out of the vehicle, but McCoy wouldn’t let her, court documents show.  

He pulled into an alley and stopped the vehicle. The woman saw three people in the distance and screamed for help, but no one responded. McCoy then entered the back seat of the SUV, grabbed the woman from behind by her throat and pushed her down on her seat, according to Howlett.

He tied the woman’s hands together behind her back with a zip tie, police said, and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The driver is additionally accused of sexually assaulting the woman, stealing her cellphone and driver’s license and demanding she give him money despite her pleas that she didn’t have any, prosecutors said.

After about two hours as a captive, she saw a chance to jump out of the SUV, near Belmont and Ashland avenues. She got out at a red light and ran straight to a car behind them, and that driver came to her aid, according to Howlett.

The stranger not only allowed her into his car but also offered to drive her home and persuaded her to first report the attack and took her to the 19th District police station. The woman was taken to Thorek Memorial Hospital, where she was examined for her injuries.

McCoy's next court appearance was set for Aug. 9, according to records from the Cook County sheriff’s office. 

"These allegations are sickening and horrifying,'' Lyft spokesman Scott Coriell said in an emailed statement. "As soon as we were made aware of this incident, we deactivated the driver’s account and did everything we could to assist law enforcement,'' he said in the statement. "Our concern is with the victim and her well-being. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in their investigation.''

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-lyft-driver-arrested-after-zip-tying-sexually-assaulting-passenger-20170721-story.html

 

 

Prosecutors: Lyft driver accused of zip-tying, sexually assaulting passenger

Katherine Rosenberg-DouglasContact ReporterChicago Tribune 7/21/2017

A driver of a ride-sharing service appeared in court Friday on charges that he kidnapped a customer, physically restrained her with a zip tie, and sexually assaulted and robbed her, all at knifepoint, according to prosecutors.

Angelo McCoy, 48, is being held in lieu of $900,000 bail in the July 7 crime, in which a 25-year-old Chicago woman was restrained and attacked, authorities said.

McCoy was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful restraint, police and prosecutors said.

The woman used the Lyft app on her phone to order a ride home from a bar because she felt she had had too much to drink and was picked up near the intersection of Hubbard and Clark streets about 11 p.m., Assistant State's Attorney Melissa Howlett told the judge.

Investigators would later learn the driver entered a pickup time of 11:06 p.m. and the system showed a drop-off time of 11:11 p.m., when in actuality the woman would be held against her will until after 1 a.m., Howlett said. 

The woman’s friend walked out to the curb with her and watched as she got into a white 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV that matched the description of the Lyft vehicle that appeared on the woman’s mobile app, according to Howlett.

The woman fell asleep in the back seat of the SUV, and when she awoke, she realized the vehicle wasn’t headed in the direction of her home. She asked to get out of the vehicle, but McCoy wouldn’t let her, court documents show.  He pulled into an alley and stopped the vehicle. The woman saw three people in the distance and screamed for help, but no one responded. McCoy then entered the back seat of the SUV, grabbed the woman from behind by her throat and pushed her down on her seat, according to Howlett.

He tied the woman’s hands together behind her back with a zip tie, police said, and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The driver is additionally accused of sexually assaulting the woman, stealing her cellphone and driver’s license and demanding she give him money despite her pleas that she didn’t have any, prosecutors said.

After about two hours as a captive, she saw a chance to jump out of the SUV, near Belmont and Ashland avenues. She got out at a red light and ran straight to a car behind them, and that driver came to her aid, according to Howlett.

The stranger not only allowed her into his car but also offered to drive her home and persuaded her to first report the attack and took her to the 19th District police station. The woman was taken to Thorek Memorial Hospital, where she was examined for her injuries.

McCoy's next court appearance was set for Aug. 9, according to records from the Cook County sheriff’s office. 

"These allegations are sickening and horrifying,'' Lyft spokesman Scott Coriell said in an emailed statement. "As soon as we were made aware of this incident, we deactivated the driver’s account and did everything we could to assist law enforcement,'' he said in the statement. "Our concern is with the victim and her well-being. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in their investigation.''

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-lyft-driver-arrested-after-zip-tying-sexually-assaulting-passenger-20170721-story.html

Woman says her Lyft driver attacked her

by: Nefertiti Jaquez Updated: Jun 20, 2017 - 10:38 AM

ATLANTA - A woman says her Lyft driver assaulted her, leaving her with bumps and bruises. A witness saw it happen and helped her call 911.

The victim told Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez the attack happened along Lenox Road on June 9.

Kerri Bush said from the moment the driver pulled up he had an attitude. Seconds later, she said he attacked her.

Bush told Jaquez she needed medical attention after she claims her Lyft driver assaulted her along the Buckhead street.

"The look in his eyes, I have never seen that," Bush said.

While her physical wounds are healing Bush said she's still distraught over the incident.

"I have never had anyone attack me like that,” Bush told Jaquez. "He grabbed me and was holding me. I'm kicking him, screaming, crying."

Bush said she left work at Lenox Square and needed to get home to get ready for her second job, so she asked her boyfriend to order her a Lyft.

She said things didn't go well from the moment the driver pulled up in his silver Infinity.

“He told me I could not have a drink in his car.” Bush said. “At the time, I was like why not? Because I saw a drink in the front seat of his car. He proceeded to tell me this is his car. Take the drink out.”

She said she threw the drink away, but things escalated when he got out of the car.

“He's threatening to punch me, telling me to leave. I call 911. This man snatches the phone from my face and throws it in the middle of traffic,” Bush said. “The man pushes me from the trunk of his car, to the hood of his car, and I just slide in the street.

Moments later, she says he jumped into his car and took off. She said she reached out to Lyft but they weren't helpful.

In a statement, a LYFT spokesperson told Jaquez: “Safety of the Lyft community is our top priority. This type of violence is completely unacceptable and we take any incident like this very seriously. The driver in this incident has been permanently deactivated from the Lyft platform. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in any investigation.”

Bush said she's happy he is no longer driving for Lyft, but she said she's ready to file assault charges against the man.

Jaquez checked and Atlanta police are investigating the case. 

 

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/woman-says-attack-by-lyft-driver-left-her-with-bruises-bumps/536018407

 

    Denver Lyft driver accused of assaulting woman visiting city

    Mark Boyle

    7:00 PM, Dec 27, 2016

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A San Diego woman visiting the City of Denver said an altercation between she and her Lyft driver turned violent, leading to an alleged assault.

    Alicia Corbett told Denver7 she took a Lyft ride home after an evening out with friends on Christmas night, only to receive got a huge surprise when her driver became frustrated in the car.

    “I'm like, 'Hey, you're going the wrong way like completely other way,' and I said 'Tour GPS is wrong, I could just get you there from here' and he was like 'Okay' and got all kind of flustered," said Corbett.

    Corbett said after missing several turns, the situation escalated when he dropped her off.

    “He sped in here and slammed on his brakes and then he just started calling me names and yelling at me and I just got out of the car and I'm like 'okay' and like I told you started walking up," said Corbett.

    That’s when Corbett reports the driver walked up from behind her, punched her in the head and kicked her after she had fallen down.

    “He actually went around the back of his car and I was like 'just, just get back in the car,' said Corbett.  “Just clocked me like right here, and then I fell on the ground and then he kicked me."

    Denver Police say in the past year they've received 17 reports of assault involving Lyft and Uber.

    In some of those the driver was the aggressor, in others they were the victim.

    Police say it's a good idea to screenshot the confirmation with your driver’s info on it and also take a picture of the license plate.

    Regardless, Corbett says there's no excuse for what happened to her.

    “That could have been worse, he could have seriously hurt me, so, I don't know how often I'll be doing it from now on,” said Corbett.

    Lyft released a statement to Denver7 about the incident which reads:

    “The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we were deeply concerned to hear about these incidents.  We have a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding violent or discriminatory behavior, and the drivers involved have been banned from accessing the Lyft platform.”

     

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/denver-lyft-driver-accused-of-assaulting-woman-visiting-city

    Lyft driver charged with stabbing passenger in altercation

     

    Updated: 9:11 AM EST Dec 26, 2016

    BOSTON —

    A Lyft driver is accused of stabbing one of her passengers on Christmas night near the Franklin Park Zoo, police confirmed.

    Kiona Thomas, 25, of Roslindale, was arrested for assault with intent to murder, said Boston police Officer Rachel McGuire.

    One stabbing victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries around 11:15 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. The altercation occurred near 967 Blue Hill Ave., near a fire station and the zoo.

    Overnight, Boston police investigators surrounded the crime scene with police tape and set out several yellow evidence markers along the sidewalk and in the road.

    The 21-year-old victim's injuries were described as serious, but not life-threatening.

    Thomas fled from the area, but later turned herself in to police. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.

    http://www.wcvb.com/article/remembering-those-we-lost-in-2016/8536647