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Illegal immigrant Uber driver raped passenger then fled to native Ghana, police say

By Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News

An Uber driver charged with raping a passenger earlier this month was able to walk free because officials failed to notify immigration agents about his arrest, authorities said.

Frederick Amfo, 30, an illegal immigrant from Ghana, was arrested after a female passenger said that on April 8 he forced her into the backseat of his car and raped her, police said. Hours after he was released from police custody, he fled to his native Ghana. He was supposed to surrender his passport but did not.

“A loss for words,” Emily Murray, the victim who insisted on being identified by the press, told Boston 25. “I was angry, I’m still angry. I’m confused.”

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Boston 25 that a federal immigration detainer should have been placed on Amfo. Weymouth police claimed it forwarded the detainer to Quincy District Court.

“The court chose not to forward the detainer to Norfolk County, allowing for his subsequent release on bail from custody,” the agency said in a statement. “This case highlights the potential dangers of policies that prohibit cooperation with ICE.”

The court told the Patriot Ledger that there was no record of an immigration detainer at the time of his arraignment.

A ruling last year made Massachusetts a sanctuary state – meaning illegal immigrants accused of a crime cannot be transferred to immigration officials.

Murray claims on April 8 she was trying to get home when Amfo allegedly locked the doors to his vehicle and sexually assaulted her in the backseat.

“Within minutes, I was in a situation I couldn’t control and I was assaulted,” she said.

Police said DNA collected from a rape kit and Amfo’s car led to his arrest days later.

Amfo was charged with sexual assault. On Friday, a Quincy District Court set bail at $10,000 and he was given a stay away order.

Court records show that Amfo was also given 24 hours to surrender his passport if he made bail. But he made bail later that afternoon without surrendering his passport.

Three days later, Murray was told that Amfo had fled to Ghana.

“If I went to Ghana and I committed a crime, I wouldn’t expect to be able to hop on plane and say sorry about that, here’s some money,” she said Tuesday. “I would expect to answer for it. Accountability. And there had been just zero.”

She told the Boston Herald that Amfo is a coward.

“He proclaims his innocence and then just leaves?” she said. “I feel hurt. … People get blamed for not coming forward and then get victimized more when they do.”

She said she doesn’t believe she will ever get justice.

“But I hope this shines a light and it won’t happen in the future,” she said, “because of me coming forward and me releasing my name and putting a face behind this whole situation.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/18/illegal-immigrant-uber-driver-raped-passenger-then-fled-to-native-ghana-police-say.html

 

Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting woman on Brisbane's north side

By Kristian Silva

Posted Tue at 9:16pm

Police have appealed for witnesses after a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver on Brisbane's north side overnight.

The driver had dropped a group of friends off at an Alderley home, before continuing to Gordon Park with the woman.

It was there the 22-year-old woman claimed she was grabbed and assaulted about 12:30am.

The woman said the driver then dropped her home.

Investigators have appealed for any witnesses who saw a blue 2015 Renault Captur to come forward.

The driver was interviewed and released without charge on Wednesday morning.

An Uber spokesman said the company was assisting police with inquiries.

It is the third alleged sexual assault linked to Brisbane Uber drivers since July.

Police have said the cases are unrelated, but in the past month have made appeals for women who have been assaulted in ride-sharing vehicles to come forward.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-09/uber-driver-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-woman/8788178

Uber was warned about driver’s violent past before he raped a passenger, new lawsuit alleges

‘It is not safe to allow your riders to ride with him’

by Andrew J. Hawkins@andyjayhawk  Jun 28, 2017, 4:25pm EDT

A woman who says she was raped by an Uber driver is suing the ride-hail company for allegedly ignoring previous warnings about the driver’s violent history.

The victim, a post-graduate student from Kansas City referred to in court documents as “Jane Doe,” says she was raped by an Uber driver named Yahkhahnahn Ammi on January 28th, 2017. The incident was reported to the Kansas City Police Department, which has collected evidence and is currently investigating the matter. Ammi has not been arrested and was driving for Uber as recently as March 20th, 2017.

A spokesperson for Uber said the company had just received the complaint and declined to comment while the specifics were being reviewed. “What’s reported in the complaint is deeply troubling and something we take extremely seriously. We are reviewing the litigation,” the spokesperson said. She confirmed that Ammi had driven for Uber, and was deactivated in March. A spokesperson for the Kansas City Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

AMMI HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED AND WAS DRIVING FOR UBER AS RECENTLY AS MARCH 20TH

Ammi is a convicted felon who served eight years in prison for first-degree murder, according to the suit. After leaving prison, he had a string of minor infractions and lawsuits filed against him. He began driving for Uber in December, 2016. On December 25th, several weeks before Doe was raped, Ammi is alleged to have “viciously assaulted” a woman he was residing with in St. Louis, Missouri.

The assault victim filed domestic abuse charges against Ammi; he was charged and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Meanwhile, the victim also submitted an incident report to Uber to warn the company about the danger posed by Ammi to riders. According to court documents, her report read: “Your driver YAHKHAHNAHN ‘Yah’ Ammi assaulted someone badly 12/25/16!! He hurt the woman badly! He has a warrant out for his arrest. He is a scam artist his real name is Perrie D. Gibson born 8/21/79 or 78 it is not safe to allow your riders to ride with him!!”

Image: Jane Doe v. Uber Technologies

Representatives from Uber spoke over the phone with the St. Louis victim, and claimed it was launching an internal investigation. The lawsuit contains screenshots of the response from Uber stating that the company “will be in contact with you as soon as possible regarding this matter.”

Image: Jane Doe v. Uber Technologies

The victim also posted images of the injuries she sustained from her assault by Ammi on social media, using his full name and warning others to avoid accepting rides from him. But despite her report and public allegations, Uber failed to follow up with the victim and Ammi was permitted to continue to drive for the ride-hail service. A spokesperson for Uber confirmed the receipt of the incident report from a third party, and said the company believes it was handled properly.

Several weeks later, the plaintiff was connected to Ammi through the Uber app for a ride to a university-sponsored event. During the trip, Ammi persuaded Doe to exchange contact information so he could provide her and her classmates a ride home. Hours later, Ammi gave an intoxicated Doe a ride home, and then gained access to her apartment by claiming he needed to use the restroom. After refusing to leave, Doe claims she was raped by Ammi.

“IT IS TRULY UNCONSCIONABLE THAT UBER WOULD PERMIT THIS DRIVER TO CONTINUE TO DRIVE.”

“It is shocking that Uber would hire someone convicted of attempted murder in the first place,” said Norman Siegel, an attorney representing the plaintiff. “But it is truly unconscionable that Uber would permit this driver to continue to drive for the company after Uber was expressly warned that he violently assaulted a woman and presented an immediate danger to Uber passengers.”

Uber frequently touts its commitment to safety in its promotional material. But after a recent lawsuit accusing the company of misrepresenting its safety standards, Uber is now barred from using certain language when marketing itself, including phrases like "safest ride on the road" and "gold standard in safety." It also agreed to pay $10 million after settling a California lawsuit over its misleading statements regarding driver background checks.

Uber has also resisted efforts to require it to fingerprint drivers. The company argues that requiring drivers to be fingerprinted as part of criminal background checks would hamper its on-boarding process, which they need to maintain at a brisk pace because driver turnover is so high.

Jane Doe’s lawsuit isn’t the first to accuse Uber of mishandling cases involving its drivers who are accused or convicted of rape and assault. The company is currently being sued by a woman who was raped by a driver in India after reports surfaced that a top executive at Uber obtained her medical records. The executive, Eric Alexander, was convinced the allegations were actually a sabotage effort by Uber’s top competitor in India, Ola. Alexander kept the records and showed them to several others at Uber, including then-CEO Travis Kalanick.

Alexander has since been forced out of the company. And last week, Kalanick became the latest to resign after months of nonstop scandals and controversies. The company has been roiling from a massive investigation into its toxic workplace that resulted in the review of hundreds of cases of inappropriate behavior and 20 terminations. The company says it is committed to improving relations with drivers and riders.

Jane Doe v. Uber Technologies Inc., Case No. 1716-CV12741 by ahawkins8223 on Scribd

 

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/28/15887566/uber-driver-rape-lawsuit-warning-kansas-city

Uber driver arrested in sexual battery of passenger in Moraga

 

By Michael Bodley, San Francisco Chronicle

 Updated 5:41 pm, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A passenger who took an Uber from Oakland to Moraga was sexually battered by her driver near the end of the ride, police said Tuesday.

San Francisco resident Leonid Beker, 42, was arrested in San Francisco on Thursday, according to the Moraga Police Department. He was booked into the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez on suspicion of felony sexual battery before being released on bail later that day, said Moraga Police Chief Jon King.

“It’s an absolutely terrible thing to have a lady who is just trying to get a ride to her destination, and she’s victimized like this,” King said. “It’s absolutely 

King said investigators are looking into whether Beker victimized other woman.

A spokesman for Uber said “what the rider reported is deeply troubling,” adding that Beker had been removed from the service.

Beker is accused of stopping the car soon after he and the victim reached Moraga, police said. He climbed into the backseat, where he assaulted the woman, police said.

Police were working with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office on filing charges against Beker, King said.

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Uber-driver-arrested-in-sexual-battery-of-11200757.php?utm_content=bufferdc7e6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Toronto Uber driver charged with sex assault of girl, 15

Police say passenger was allegedly attacked in a vehicle after she was picked up from the downtown bus station.

By ALANNA RIZZAStaff Reporter

Wed., May 31, 2017

 Toronto man has been charged with sexual assault after a 15-year-old girl said she was attacked by an Uber driver.

Police say the girl was allegedly assaulted during a ride on Jan. 25 after she got into an Uber vehicle at the downtown bus terminal at Bay St. and Edward St.

The investigation began in May after the girl spoke to police.

On May 18, Fahmy Saggaf, 41, was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

He is scheduled to appear in court in June.

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2017/05/31/toronto-uber-driver-charged-with-sex-assault-of-girl-15.html

Warrant issued for Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger near UC Riverside

by BRIAN ROKOS | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise

PUBLISHED: May 23, 2017 at 11:43 am | UPDATED: May 24, 2017 at 7:16 am

A warrant was issued Tuesday afternoon, May 23, for the arrest of an Uber driver who UC Riverside police say sexually assaulted a female passenger near the UCR campus.

Jamaal Andrew Lee, 41, of Moreno Valley will face three felony charges when he is arrested, according to Riverside County Superior Court records: oral copulation by force or violence, assault with the intent to rape and false imprisonment.

Lee may be driving a white 2004 Ford Explorer with California license plate 6AOG427, UCR police said in a news release. Anyone who sees Lee is urged to call police.

In the wake of the attack, university officials are encouraging students who use ride-hailing services such as Uber to do so in groups.

The woman, who lives in a UCR apartment complex near campus, reported the assault at 2:47 a.m. May 14, according to a crime alert posted to the UCR Police Department website.

“UCPD suggests the following strategies when using these types of transportation services: When possible, utilize the service as a group. Let a trusted friend know where you are going and when you expect to return,” officials wrote in the alert.

The assault happened despite safety precautions that Uber says it takes, including conducting criminal background checks on its drivers and tracking drivers’ trips with GPS.

Uber spokesman Andrew Hasbun said Lee has been banned from working for the company.

“What the rider reported is appalling,” Hasbun said in an email.

Uber is one of several services in which freelance drivers set their own schedules and respond to requests for rides made through a smartphone app. These ride-sharing services face fewer regulations than traditional taxi companies.

UCR is among the top Inland destinations for Uber and competitor Lyft, according to lists supplied by the companies. Riverside City College also is high on the lists.

The alleged victim in this month’s assault had arranged for a ride from an off-campus location to the UCR Plaza Apartments at 1020 N. Linden St., said the UCR statement. Police did not say where the assault took place.

“Once it was reported to us, UCPD issued a timely warning to the campus community detailing this incident. UCPD investigators have contacted Uber, who is cooperating with our requests for information on this driver,” the statement said.

How Uber screens drivers

Uber contracts with a third party to conduct criminal background checks on driver applicants, who are required to furnish their full name, date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license number and a copy of their driver’s license.

Applicants are ineligible to become Uber drivers if they have had more than three minor moving violations in the previous three years; have driven on a suspended or revoked license in the past three years; or had a conviction for driving under the influence or any felony, violent crime, sex offense or child abuse or endangerment in the past seven years.

Taxi companies, competitors of the ride-hailing services, say that’s not going far enough.

Would-be taxi drivers in California, unlike ride-hailing applicants, must be fingerprinted during background checks. Those prints, the taxi companies said in a lawsuit, make it easier to determine criminal records of applicants who lie about their names and backgrounds.

Uber officials have countered that their background checks are reliable.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of California taxi companies in 2015 and dismissed at their request in April 2017, accused Uber of false advertising for saying its rides are “safer than a taxi.”

Rider safety

Uber’s website describes how it believes the service’s technology helps keep riders safe.

When a driver accepts a request for a ride, the rider sees the driver’s first name, rating, photo and license plate number on the Uber phone app. That information can be checked against the driver who shows up. The app also will show the route, and the trips are tracked using GPS.

The website acknowledges some shortcomings.

Accidents and incidents will always happen. And when it comes to screening, every system has its flaws. That’s partly because past behavior may not accurately predict how people will behave in the future, but also due to the fact that no system in the U.S has a one hundred percent accurate record of the past,” Uber’s website says.

http://www.pe.com/2017/05/23/suspect-in-sexual-assault-near-uc-riverside-was-uber-driver-police-say/

14-year-old girl raped by Uber driver in Osceola County, deputies say

WESHPublished: May 12, 2017, 12:20 pm

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WESH)—A 14-year-old girl was sexually battered by an Uber driver in Osceola County, deputies said.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said the girl requested an Uber driver to pick her up Wednesday in Kissimmee. The driver, David Pena-Melo, of Kissimmee, picked up the girl and asked her to sit in the front seat, deputies said.

The girl told deputies that Pena-Melo began to make sexual advances during the ride and then drove past the requested destination.

Pena-Melo pulled over on the side of a road near a wooded area and forced the girl to perform a sex act, deputies said.

Detectives said they met with Pena-Melo on Thursday and arrested him on a charge of sexual battery on a person older than 12, but younger than 18.

http://wfla.com/2017/05/12/14-year-old-girl-raped-by-uber-driver-in-osceola-county-deputies-say/

UK student reports sexual assault by Uber driver; company bans him

BY MORGAN EADS AND FERNANDO ALFONSO III

4/27/2017

A student reported Thursday that an Uber driver who was to drive her back to her dorm made unwanted sexual advances, according to University of Kentucky Police.

The student said she left a business near Woodland and Euclid avenues and got into the car about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to UK police. Rather than take her to her dorm, the driver reportedly went to parking structure No. 2 on Hilltop Avenue.

In the parking garage, near William T. Young Library, the driver touched her over her clothes and kissed her, according to police.

“What’s been described is upsetting and is not tolerated on the Uber app,” Uber representative Kayla Whaling said. “We have removed this driver’s access and will assist law enforcement in their investigation.”

Whaling said the driver didn’t have other allegations against him and that he went through the company’s background check process, conducted by Checkr. Whaling declined to say how long the driver had worked for Uber, but she said that information had been passed along to police.

The student was later dropped off at her dorm, and police were called at 4 p.m. Wednesday, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said. The student sought medical attention but had no major injuries.

Investigators were in contact with the driver after 4 a.m.,, Monroe said. Since then, UK police had heard from two other female students who had said an Uber driver matching that description had “acted strange in his behavior (and) caused them alarm,” Monroe said.

The driver was described as a white man about 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, according to police. He’s thought to be about 33 years old.

The car was a red four-door Chevrolet Spark, according to police.


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/crime/article147128249.html#storylink=cpy


 

Uber Driver ‘Jay Ram’ Molests His Sleeping Female Passenger Went Viral

by JAY NELZ on APRIL 8, 2017

The photo of an Uber driver named Jay Ram molesting his sleeping female passenger went viral after it was posted in the social media.

Numerous complaints regarding Uber incidents were now making rounds in the social media. Some Uber driver were receiving praises and adorations from netizens, because of their good deeds. While some of them were being criticized by social media users due to their wrong behavior.

Previously, a netizen named Myla Tuazon has posted a warning to all female passengers against Uber driver named Jay Ram, who posted a photo while molesting his sleeping passenger. The photo shows that the driver was grabbing the breast of his female passenger.

Jay Ram’s post draws flak from netizens due to his wrong behavior towards the alleged drunk passenger sleeping on the front seat of the vehicle. The nature of the pervert driver frightened and raised the concerns of female netizens. Tuazon also urged the female riders to be more aware when riding on Uber.

The Uber driver was found working at Concentrix Daksh Services Philippines Corporation and living in Caloocan, based on the information in his Facebook account.

Jay deactivated his social media account after being bashed by the netizens. Myla also deleted her post on her Facebook account after receiving flood messages and notifications from netizens due to curiosity.

https://philnews.ph/2017/04/08/uber-driver-jay-ram-molests-sleeping-female-passenger-posted-facebook/

Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger turns himself in to police

News 5 Staff

9:10 PM, Apr 11, 2017

AKRON, Ohio - An Uber driver who is accused of sexually assaulting one of his passengers turned himself into the Summit County Jail on Wednesday morning.

Brandon Franklin, 33 of Tallmadge is accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated driver after giving her a ride home. 

The woman told Akron police that she woke up in her room to discover Franklin was sexually assaulting her.

Franklin fled the room after the victim pushed him away.

Akron police signed a sexual battery warrant for Franklin’s arrest Tuesday. According to police records, Franklin has multiple driving offenses that date back to as early as 2005. 

http://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/police-search-for-summit-county-uber-driver-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-his-passenger

ORANGE COUNTY UBER DRIVER ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF PASSENGER

By Leanne Suter and ABC7.com staff

Sunday, April 02, 2017 04:39PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) --

A 37-year-old Uber driver was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female passenger in Orange County, and Santa Ana police believe there may be more victims who have not come forward.

Angel Sanchez was arrested Saturday at his Costa Mesa home on suspicion of sexual assault, which police said took place Thursday night near the victim's home in Santa Ana.

The woman, whose name was not released, requested the Uber ride to her house and was picked up by Sanchez in a gray 2016 Toyota Sienna. Santa Ana police said the assault took place inside the van near the victim's destination after the driver pulled over to a side street.

"She had fallen asleep and woke up being sexually assaulted," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna with Santa Ana police. "She was able to fight and break free and immediately called us."

Sanchez, who has been an Uber driver for over one year, was booked into the Santa Ana PD Jail on sexual assault charges and was being held on $100,000 bail.

Uber released a statement to Eyewitness News saying Sanchez has been banned from the ride-share service.

"What the rider has reported to police is deeply troubling and will not be tolerated. The driver has been banned from the app. We will continue to support police with their investigation," the statement read.

http://abc7.com/news/oc-uber-driver-arrested-for-sexual-assault-of-passenger/1830910/

Uber driver suspended ‘for hurling racist abuse at toddler’

Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Metro.co.ukThursday 16 Mar 2017 10:32 am

An Uber driver has been suspended after it was alleged that he assaulted a passenger and racially abused her one-year-old daughter.

Annastazia Merrett said she was hit twice by the driver when she was dropped off in Elephant and Castle.

She said the ‘Asian’ man threw keys in her face and referred to her father as a slave.

Uber said the private hire driver ‘strongly denied’ the allegations and they had received ‘very conflicting stories’ but said they had prevented him from using the app while the investigation was ongoing.

Annastazia said that she was left with a black eye following the attack and that she hit him back in ‘self defence’.

Annastazia said: ‘It was the most horrible experience of my life.

‘The most horrific thing is that the police just let him get back in the car and drive off to collect his next customer. What if he does worse to someone else?

‘I was trying to get Savannah’s baby seat out of the car and unlock the heavy gate at the same time so I asked him politely for a hand.

‘When I dropped my keys he picked them up and threw them in my daughter’s face. He called me a “white b*tch” and said Savannah’s dad must be ‘a slave’.

‘What kind of man does that? Like any mother who had seen what had just happened to my daughter I moved towards him and he took a swipe at me.

‘Admittedly, I hit him back, but it was self-defence. He punched me again and tried to drag me into his car. By that time I was screaming and trying to phone the police.

‘My neighbours could hear what was going on in the street and the guy got back in his vehicle. I was terrified.’

Police said they were called and a community resolution was agreed upon by both parties.

The mum-of-one claims the driver made sexist remarks to her throughout the journey after a disagreement over whether she could fit Savannah’s car seat.

Annastazia said: ‘He tried to tell me it wasn’t necessary and I told him it was against the law for her not to use it. My child’s safety is more important than him trying to save time.

‘He kept saying to me “I don’t listen to a woman” and “I tell a woman what to do, not the other way round’. His views were disgusting.

An Uber spokesman said: ‘We have spoken to both the rider and driver about this incident and received very conflicting stories.

‘We’re currently liaising with the police to establish exactly what happened.

‘Whilst the private hire driver strongly denies these serious allegations, we have prevented him from being able to use our app while the investigation continues.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 8.21pm on Saturday, March 11, to reports of an assault in south-east London.

‘Officers attended and a woman reported that she had been punched in the face by the driver of a private hire car.

‘Officers spoke to the driver who reported that he had been assaulted by the woman.

‘The officers at the scene used their discretion and concluded that there were not enough grounds to arrest either party and a community resolution was agreed by all.

‘The following day the woman attended a south London police station and said she was not happy with the resolution.

‘Officers are reviewing the case and will be speaking to both parties involved. Enquiries continue.’



Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/16/uber-driver-suspended-for-hurling-racist-abuse-at-toddler-6512732/#ixzz4bbRY1C7D


 

Man Claims Uber Driver Beat Him Unconscious In University City

“He’s lucky to be alive,” says the attorney for Joseph Fusco, public safety director at Cabrini College.

BY VICTOR FIORILLO  |  JANUARY 6, 2017 AT 5:59 PM

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Three days before Christmas, Cabrini College director of public safety Joseph Fusco attended a holiday party in University City, organized by the security company Allied Universal. He drank with his friends and colleagues, as one is apt to do at a holiday party, and around 11 p.m., he requested an Uber to his home in Cherry Hill. And that, he claims, is when his troubles began.

Fusco, 30, says he got into the Toyota Corolla that showed up near 39th and Market streets, sitting in the front passenger seat. Once the driver realized that the destination was all the way over in New Jersey — Uber drivers don’t know where they are taking you until they pick you up — Fusco says the driver refused to take him there. Fusco protested. Words were exchanged. And then the driver physically removed him from the car and assaulted him, according to allegations contained in a lawsuit just filed against Uber in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Fusco claims that the driver beat him, leaving him in a pool of blood on the ground, and then kicked and stomped him repeatedly while he laid there unconscious. After the driver left the scene, two bystanders allegedly came upon Fusco’s body and called 911. He was taken to nearby Presbyterian Hospital. According to a police report filed by the University of Pennsylvania Police Department, Fusco’s most serious injuries include a broken nose and a fractured left cheek, and two of his teeth were knocked out.

The lawsuit contends that Uber refused to provide police with the driver’s full name and other identifying information, but Uber claims that the company has been cooperating with investigators and that the suspect is no longer driving for Uber. (University of Pennsylvania police confirm that their investigation is ongoing but decline to comment on the case or Uber’s level of cooperation in it.)

To add insult to injury—literally—Fusco claims that the driver charged him for a 28-minute ride into North Philadelphia. To date, he says, he hasn’t been refunded.
“He’s lucky to be alive,” says Marlton-based attorney Matthew Luber, who is representing Fusco.

The suit accuses Uber of fraud, negligence, assault and battery, among other offenses, and seeks unspecified damages.


Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/01/06/uber-lawsuit-joseph-fusco/#W4bZqf6Izj4EJvdj.99

Uber driver faces charge of sexual assault near London

By Dan BrownPatrick Maloney, The London Free Press

Monday, December 19, 2016 8:20:18 EST PM

Charges against an Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger are reviving the debate about whether Uber vehicles should have security cameras.

A London man is charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement, Middlesex OPP said Monday.

“We’re not surprised that sooner or later this time of incident would happen in the London region,” Orest Katolyk, chief municipal law enforcement officer for the city, said Monday.

City officials have been reviewing the ride-sharing industry for more than a year, including newsfeeds that track incidents involving Uber drivers — violence both against them and against their riders, he said.

“As a regulator of the industry, could a camera (inside the vehicle) have prevented this alleged assault? Common sense suggests, possibly,” Katolyk said.

Uber, an online app that matches people needing rides with drivers who pick them up in their private vehicles for a fee, has been a bylaw-busting operation since arriving in London in 2015.

City council recently approved several tweaks to the taxi bylaw that will regulate Uber and other transportation network companies. Unlike traditional taxis, though, the rules won’t require Uber drivers to have security cameras in their vehicles.

Police said a 21-year-old woman from London was sexually assaulted by a male Uber driver in a vehicle as she was being driven earlier this month to a destination in Southwest Middlesex.

Officers arrested the driver at the scene about 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 4, police said. Middlesex OPP Const. Liz Melvin declined to say where the arrest was made and if the woman called the authorities.

Police didn’t explain the delay of more than two weeks in releasing information about the charges.

Islam Soliman, 41, is in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on the charges Dec. 22.

Uber spokesperson Kayla Whaling said the company is

co-operating with police and ready to provide information.

“We became aware of this on the day it was said to have allegedly occurred and immediately removed this driver’s access to Uber,” she said.

Police recommend a passenger take a friend along when using transportation services and public transit.

If that isn’t possible, police said, a passenger should let family or friends know the route they’re taking. A passenger should call when they arrive or arrange to have someone meet them at their stop.

With a file from Free Press reporter Randy Richmond

http://www.lfpress.com/2016/12/19/uber-driver-faces-charge-of-sexual-assault-near-london

Uber driver stabs passenger 5 times in Bloomfield Township

Police: Driver said passenger 'disrespected' his car

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By Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Chuck Jackson

Posted: 8:48 AM, December 19, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - An Uber driver stabbed his passenger five times early Saturday morning in Bloomfield Township because he felt his vehicle was being "disrespected," police said. 

The 23-year-old driver,  Jacob Matthew Allemon, has been arrested and arraigned on the charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. He is being held at the Oakland County Jail on a $250,000 bond. 

 

The victim, a 49-year-old Beverly Hills man, is expected to recover from injuries. He suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest, back and face, police said. He was treated at a hospital and released the next day. 

Here's what happened, according to Bloomfield Township police: 

On Saturday, December 17, 2016 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Bloomfield Township Police Department with the assistance from the Birmingham Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a person had been stabbed during a fight. The incident occurred in the parking lot of a shopping center at the corner of Maple Road and Cranbrook in Bloomfield Township. A Birmingham Police Officer was approximately two blocks from the location and arrived on scene within seconds of the 911 call. The officer found two male subjects fighting in the back seat of a 2012 Honda Civic.

Officers found a 49-year-old Beverly Hills man with multiple stab wounds to his chest, back, and face. Bloomfield Township Police arrested, Jacob Matthew Allemon, 23, of Berkley.

The investigation revealed the victim and his wife requested an Uber ride home from a holiday party. Allemon was nearby and accepted the Uber request. The victim tapped on the window to alert Allemon that they were entering the vehicle. Allemon felt his vehicle was disrespected when the victim tapped on the window. Allemon drove approximately a mile before pulling into the shopping center parking lot. He ordered the victim out of his vehicle. The victim asked if they could wait for another Uber due to the snowstorm. An altercation ensued and during the altercation Allemon stabbed the victim multiple times. The victim was able to disarm Allemon and restrain him until police arrived.

The Bloomfield Township Fire Department treated the victim and transported him to Royal Oak Beaumont where he was treated and released the next day.

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/uber-driver-stabbed-passenger-5-times-in-bloomfield-township-police-say

Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting woman during ride

Courtney Greenberg , CTV News Toronto Published Monday, December 12, 2016 6:05PM EST

Police have arrested an Uber driver after a woman said she was sexually assaulted during a ride over the weekend.

A 19-year-old woman ordered a ride using the Uber app before 1 a.m. on Saturday. A male driver arrived to pick her up, police said. They did not include information about the area where the woman was picked up or what her destination was.

Investigators said the woman was sexually assaulted during the ride.

Uber responded to the charge in an email Monday evening.

“No young woman deserves to experience what has been described and reported to police. We will continue to work with the Toronto Police Service to fully support their investigation, and the driver has been barred from accessing the Uber app,” the statement read.

A 38-year-old Toronto resident was arrested by police the same day of the alleged incident.

Orjon Leska has been charged with sexual assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 16, 2017.

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mobile/uber-driver-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-woman-during-ride-1.3200377

FORMER UBER DRIVER ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING FEMALE PASSENGER

 

By Pooja Lodhia

Thursday, December 08, 2016 11:04PM

HOUSTON (KTRK) --

A former Uber driver has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting one of his passengers in northeast Houston.

The woman claims Qahtan Talib sexually assaulted her while they were parked at a gas station in June.The victim initially told ABC13 that she was drinking with her friends in downtown Houston. She continued celebrating at her friend's home in north Houston. After she walked to the Chevron gas station on Irvington Boulevard, she called her husband to come pick her up.


Instead, he called Uber.

Surveillance video shows the victim and Talib in a car together for 11 minutes."I feel so embarrassed, but I passed out. And when I woke up, he had his hand inside me and was kissing my neck," she said.

Police said he denied assaulting her, but couldn't explain what they were doing in the car together.

Talib was let go, but was arrested after DNA tests showed he couldn't be excluded as a match.

"I'm glad there is an end in sight as far as, you know, him getting charged and possibly being punished," the victim added.

http://abc13.com/news/uber-driver-arrested-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-passenger/1647153/

 

Driver in Uber rape case will spend Christmas in jail

Julia Madibogo | 06 December, 2016 14:29

A former Uber driver‚ accused of robbing‚ kidnapping and raping his passengers will spend Christmas in jail.

The 25-year-old along with three of his alleged accomplices appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday where they all dropped their bail bids.

Elias Mankgane‚ Daniel Maswikaneng‚ Themba Mkwanazi and Bangu Sikosana were remanded in police custody until their matter appears in court again on February 6.

The four men face charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances‚ multiple rapes and kidnapping.

The men allegedly went on an spree attacking Uber passengers around Johannesburg this year.

In one incident a complainant was allegedly robbed of about R5‚000 and raped in a veld after getting into the Uber taxi she had called to collect her from Montecasino in Fourways.

The complainants’ lawyer Ulrich Roux said the men abandoned bail in fears that their stories will not add up in court.

Roux said: "We are happy that the men are not somewhere out there but they are in police custody and will not be getting bail. All four of them are in custody and we will make sure that justice for the victims prevail."

The attacks were carried out using the same modus operandi. The complainants described that upon entering the taxi‚ two men jumped from the boot through a back seat and started attacking them.

The men kidnapped the passengers‚ robbed and raped some of the victims.

The Uber driver previously denied that he was involved in any of the attacks‚ saying he may have driven the vehicle but knows nothing of the attacks on the alleged victims.

“I was the driver of the motor vehicle in which the complainants allegedly travelled in‚” he said in a sworn statement adding that he does not know the complainants.

The matter was postponed to February 6 for further investigations and for the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to decide on whether the matter should be transferred to a high court due to its seriousness or continue in the magistrate’s court.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2016/12/06/Driver-in-Uber-rape-case-will-spend-Christmas-in-jail

 

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Cop probing Uber rape case was arrested for taking a bribe from suspects

Julia Madibogo | 06 December, 2016 11:26

A police officer assigned to investigate an Uber driver and his accomplices accused of various crimes was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe.

This emerged in the Randburg Magistrates Court where the driver and three other suspects appeared on charges of kidnapping‚ robbing and sexually assaulting passengers in the Johannesburg area recently.

The police officer appeared separately in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on charges of corruption.

“He was arrested about two months ago and has appeared in court a number of times. He will be back in court again soon‚” police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said.

The police officer‚ who was initially investigating the matter‚ was allegedly bribed by two of the suspects to avoid being charged.

The suspects and the driver are part of a gang that is being charged with attacking Uber passengers using the same modus operandi.

In one incident‚ a passenger was attacked after she called for an Uber taxi to collect her from Montecasino in August.

Upon entering the taxi‚ the woman said two men who had been hiding in the boot pushed through the back seat and attacked her.

She was allegedly taken to a deserted area were she was raped‚ assaulted and robbed. She was billed for the ride by Uber.

The woman's lawyer‚ Ulrich Roux‚ said he was happy the arrests have been made.

“The details of the police officer’s arrests are a bit sketchy‚ on my part. The Gauteng police made the arrest. He is facing corruption charges as he was initially working on the matter. We have welcomed the arrest and we believe justice will prevail in this matter‚” Roux said.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2016/12/06/Cop-probing-Uber-rape-case-was-arrested-for-taking-a-bribe-from-suspects

 

Uber driver charged with indecent assault

December 6, 2016 12:00 AM

By Dan Gigler / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An Uber driver has been charged in an incident last month in which he is accused of making sexual advances toward a female passenger in the North Hills.

Jehad Abdula Makhoul, 46, of Whitehall, was charged with one count of indecent assault, a second-degree misdemeanor, and one count of harassment, a summary offense.

The woman said she requested a ride Nov. 22 to the Barrel Junction restaurant on Route 8 in Shaler. The woman got in the front seat and midway through the ride, she told police, the driver stopped the vehicle in Ross and began making sexual advances. She was able to push him off and he drove her to the restaurant, where she called 911 at 8:46 p.m. She was not hurt.

Ross police said Uber, as well as the driver, cooperated with the investigation.

Police again reminded customers using ride-hailing services to take precautions, including:

• Request the ride through an actual account — not on the street with a driver.

• Travel with friends.

• Photograph the license plate before you get in.

• Verify that the car and driver are the ones you were expecting before you get in.

• Text or tell a friend that you are using a ride service, and share your location.

• Drivers are not trusted friends, so do not treat them as such and be careful what information you share.

• Trust your instincts and do not get in the car if you do not feel safe.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2016/12/06/Uber-driver-charged-with-indecent-assault/stories/201612060099?utm_content=bufferc95ca&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

UBER PASSENGER ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED AFTER HAILING RIDE

 

Posted: Dec 04, 2016 11:44 PM Written by Abby Theodros

 

An Uber mobile application dedicated to Las Vegas is shown in this undated photo. (FOX5)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A Las Vegas man claims he was attacked Saturday morning after hailing a ride on Uber.

Jesse Lambert said he used Uber to get home after a night out and as soon as he got in the car he knew something was wrong.

“The Uber driver had two people in the car. He mentioned it was his last run. He didn’t want to take it, but he had his app on,” Lambert said.

Lambert believes the driver, who he identified as Jason, knew the other passengers. He said he was also on alert because he had his camera with him.

“I put it (the camera) in my lap, we get going, they didn’t have GPS for some reason,” Lambert said.

After multiple wrong turns, Lambert says the driver finally made it to his Summerlin home and the passengers assaulted him.

“I was standing up out of the car, the gentleman hit me in the back of the head, side of the head with a beer bottle, pushed me over, tripped over my camera case and the driver was in there saying ‘get it, get it,’” Lambert said.

Lambert said the passenger that hit him grabbed his camera case, but he was able to get it back before they took off.

“I hit the gentleman with the case that attacked me, so then he ran around the car to get to the other side. They got in, as they were pulling away slowly the door shut. I was able to hit my camera case and bust out their window,” Lambert said.

Lambert believes his finger might be broken and said he suffered cuts and bruises. He said he filed a police report and it is being investigated as an attempted robbery with assault.

In a statement, Uber said “what’s been described is totally unacceptable. We will work with local authorities to support their investigation and proceedings in any possible way.”

Lambert said he doesn’t plan on taking Uber anytime soon.

http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/33865507/uber-passenger-allegedly-assaulted-after-hailing-ride