Uber Driver Allegedly Rapes Teen Who Was Drunk and Passed Out in His Car: Prosecutors

by Maya Chung11:55 AM EST, November 12, 2016

A California Uber driver has been charged after he allegedly raped a drunken teenager who passed out in the back seat of his car, prosecutors said.

Samer Alaaeldin Mahran, 23, was later charged with rape by use of drugs, sexual penetration of a child over age 14 and unlawful sexual intercourse, according to court documents.

Mahran was reportedly supposed to drive the 17-year-old girl from a Huntington Beach bar to her Laguna Beach home in the predawn hours of Nov. 5, but at some point during the ride she passed out and he parked a couple blocks away from her home instead, according to a report.

Prosecutors said that Mahran then climbed into the backseat before “orally copulating and sexually assaulting” the teen who was too drunk to realize what was happening.

One of teen’s family members, who had ordered the ride for her, “grew concerned” when she didn’t arrive home at the expected time, prosecutors said.

Another family member then reportedly used the Uber application to track her ride and saw the teen was just a few blocks away so they relative walked to the parked car and allegedly saw the girl and Mahran in the backseat, according to court documents.

Mahran allegedly ran from the scene, leaving his car behind.

The victim’s relatives called police who identified Mahran using his description, license plate number and driver profile, according authorities.

He was arrested at his Huntington Beach apartment later that day.


If the Uber or Lyft driver turns his/her phone off, there is no tracking. Most people don’t realize this. Most people believe they are safe because of the tracking- that is not accurate.
— Article opinion of: Jaime Hjelm - A Taxicab Leasing Corp.

Police: Uber driver admitted to sexually battering passenger

Miami-Dade Police said 26-year-old Nimer Abdallah picked up the female victim and one more person to drive them home. Investigators said, at some point, he committed sexual battery on the woman while she was incapacitated.

According to the arrest affidavit, “The victim disclosed that she was intoxicated, and she and the witness took an Uber to her residence. The victim awoke the following morning and found her panties and pants had been removed.”

The form states the victim had been sexually battered.

Abdallah was taken into custody, Tuesday, just after midnight. At the Miami-Dade Police Special Victims Bureau in Doral, detectives said, “The defendant further admitted the victim had been drinking and stated he was wrong for what he did.”

An Uber representative from company headquarters in San Francisco confirmed they are aware of the incident. Consequently, Abdallah has been banned from driving or using Uber and its app for being in violation of company guidelines.

Abdallah’s Facebook page says he studies at Florida International University, and his roommate told 7News he is an engineering student and a teacher’s assistant.

An FIU spokesperson said, though there is a student of the same name, federal law prohibits them from disclosing any personal information.

Abdallah was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He has since bonded out.

Wednesday afternoon, Abdallah slammed the door to his Southwest Miami-Dade apartment on a 7News crew and declined to comment on the case.

“We just want to give you an opportunity to talk,” said 7News reporter Sheldon Fox. “You’re being accused of a serious crime.”

Abdallah threatened to call police during his 33-second exchange with 7News. “You don’t have to call the police. We’re leaving,” Fox said.



Uber driver arrested for raping women in Boynton Beach


BOYNTON BEACH (CBS12) — A Boca Raton man employed as an Uber driver has been arrested and charged with raping three women in an industrial area of Boynton Beach.

Police have charged 36-year-old Xolani Mtsitsha, Boca Raton, with three counts of sexual battery with physical force.

The incidents occurred in January, June and July of 2016.

In each case, Mtsitsha offered the women rides. He then drove them to an industrial park located in the 1900 block of Corporate Drive in Boynton Beach where he sexually battered his victims, according to the arrest report.

Detectives believe there could be other victims.


Woman leaving Buckhead bar says Uber driver raped her

by: Nefertiti Jaquez Updated: Aug 16, 2016 - 12:04 PM

    ATLANTA - Police say they're investigating an Uber driver in connection with a sexual assault.  

    The victim told Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez the driver attacked her and then left her on the street. The 20-year-old victim said she was hanging out with a group of her high school friends and decided to go home after spending time at the Park Bench bar Saturday evening.   "I’m having it relive it over and over and over," the victim said, whom we are not identifying. 

    The Buckhead native said after saying goodbye to her friends, she logged onto her Uber app and ordered a ride. 

    The victim says she got into an Uber after leaving this bar and was headed home. Instead she ended up at Chastain Park where she said the driver raped her.  

    "I was trying to pull the lock up, get the door open, but I couldn't get it fast enough," the victim said. 

    Police said the victim tried to fight back but just wasn't strong enough. 

    Investigators said the driver manhandled her, hit her, raped her and then drove a short distance and threw her out of his car next to the Galloway School. 

    The victim told Jaquez that she remembers feeling numb as she called 911. 

    "You like this, I know you like this," the victim said her attacker told her. “It's the worst feeling in the world.” Police aren't the only ones investigating this case. Jaquez spoke to officials at Uber and said they're aware of the situation and are looking into it. 

    They also say, their drivers do have to go through a screening process, before they become drivers. That included a driving and criminal history check, under Georgia law.  



    Uber driver sexually assaulted Chicago passenger, prosecutors say

    By  Erica Demarest and Joe Ward | July 14, 2016 2:19pm 

    COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An Uber driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a 23-year-old passenger who was occasionally unconscious during a ride last month.

    Alexander Marrero, 35, picked up the victim on Division Street about 1 a.m. June 26, Assistant State's Attorney Elena Gottreich said during a bond hearing Thursday.

    The victim had been out drinking with friends and relatives, who called an Uber for the woman when she became intoxicated, prosecutors said.

    According to Gottreich, the victim doesn't remember getting into Marrero's red Hyundai — but she did recall waking up in his car with her shorts and underwear around her ankles. Marrero was assaulting her, prosecutors said.

    The victim blacked out again and soon found herself inside her Lakeview apartment with her roommate, Gottreich said.

    The victim later complained of vaginal pain and bleeding, and was taken to a nearby hospital, where a rape kit was collected, according to authorities.

    According to prosecutors, the victim's friends had contacted the roommate to tell her the victim was on her way home. The victim's pals sent over an Uber screenshot that included a photo of Marrero's red Hyundai.

    As the 24-year-old roommate waited outside, she noticed Marrero's car parked down the block, Gottreich said. When no one exited the vehicle for some time, the roommate walked over; she could hear the victim crying inside.

    The roommate knocked on one of the car's tinted windows, prosecutors said, and could see Marrero turned toward the center of the car. He then sped off.

    Marrero returned several minutes later and helped walk the victim toward her waiting roommate, prosecutors noted. As soon as the women were inside their apartment, the victim told her roommate what had happened.

    Marrero, of the 500 block of North Troy Street, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and criminal sexual assault.

    He has been permanently banned from driving with Uber, and only drove for the company a "few" times, company spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said.

    "What's been described is deplorable and something no should ever go through," Anderson said in a statement. "We're working with local authorities to support their investigation and proceedings in any way possible."

    According to prosecutors, the red Hyundai Marrero was driving is registered to the Uber app through his wife's account.

    Marrero's public defender said he lives with his wife and three children, an 8-year-old and 5-year-old twins. He works part-time as an auto mechanic and is the kids' primary caregiver; their mother works full-time, the attorney said.

    Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. on Thursday ordered Marrero held in lieu of $150,000 bail.