Uber Driver Accused Of Indecently Assaulting Woman

 Tom Sofield November 19, 2016

An Uber driver is accused of indecently assaulting a customer in the Levittown area.

Louis Rubio, 55, of Falls Township, is accused of locking the doors of his car after picking up a woman via the Uber app, driving her to a baseball field and indecently assaulting her before driving her to her home in Levittown.

Middletown police wrote in court papers filed recently that Rubio picked up the woman at 10:49 p.m. at a auto repair shop in Fairless Hills after she hailed a ride using Uber. The driver – identified on the app as Lou – drove the woman toward her Levittown apartment but stopped at the baseball fields near the intersection of Woodbourne and Bristol-Oxford Valley roads.

While stopped, Rubio locked the door to his vehicle and asked his passenger to perform oral sex on him and touch his penis. She repeatedly refused and told Rubio she wanted to go home, police said.

The alleged incident escalated and Rubio took out his penis and grabbed the woman’s hand to place it on him, police said.

Rubio allegedly asked the woman to show him her breast and she complied out of fear. She complied because “she was afraid that if she hadn’t, something worse may happen,” according to court papers.

After fondling the woman, the driver finally drove her to her apartment, police said.

A detective who was assigned to investigate the claim talked to Rubio. He said the Uber ride was “uneventful” and finally admitted to pulling over and feeling the woman’s breasts, police said.

An Uber spokesperson told LevittownNow.com the woman alerted them to the incident along with police. The ride-sharing company banned Rubio from using the app and followed its policy.

Uber drivers, according to the spokesperson, receive background checks in compliance with state laws and the company has a team that monitors user feedback and any complaints. In the November 1 incident, the company quickly was in communication with the woman and is cooperating with police.

Rubio was charged with two counts of indecent assault and single counts of indecent exposure and false imprisonment. The charges were sent via mail summons and Rubio is set to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge Daniel Baranoski next month.


Guelph Uber driver charged with sexual assault

Man, 59, to appear in court April 26

CBC News Posted: Mar 14, 2016 10:39 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016 10:45 AM ET

 Guelph Uber driver has been charged with sexual assault, police say.

Officers began investigating sexual assault allegations on March 7 after the female victim came forward to police.

The alleged assault occurred "on or about" March 7, Const. Chris Probst told CBC News in an email.

"I can't speak specifically to when the assault occurred, but can confirm that it did happen in Guelph," he said.

On Friday, police charged an Uber driver with sexual assault.

The 59-year-old Guelph man will appear in court April 26.

Man asked his Uber driver in Kalamazoo- "You're not the shooter, are you?"

By Michael E. Miller February 22- The Washington Post

On Saturday night, an Indianapolis man named Derek and his wife took her parents to a show at the Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Mich. As the craft beer flowed, a band called Andy Frasco and the U.N. belted out uplifting blues music. The group’s new album title seemed to capture the mood: “Happy Bastards.”

As the night drew on, however, the crowd began to hear increasingly horrific news. A Kalamazoo woman had been shot outside her apartment complex. Then a father and son had been gunned down in front of a car dealership. Finally, a local Cracker Barrel had been turned into a bloodbath when a shooter opened fire, killing at least four.

Derek and his family were staying only a mile and a half away from the brewery, but he decided it was safer not to walk with a killer on the loose in the college town.

So he ordered an Uber ride.

That decision could have cost them their lives.

A photo of a heavyset man with long, salt and pepper hair, glasses and a goatee popped up on the man’s phone. Uber’s app said his name was Jason and he would arrive shortly in a dark-colored Chevrolet SUV.

Sure enough, the car pulled up and the family of four climbed in, with Derek in the front seat.

“My father mentioned from the back seat, you know, the situation with the shooter,” Derek told NBC affiliate WOOD TV, using only his first name.

“I kind of jokingly said to the driver, ‘You’re not the shooter, are you?’” Derek said. “He gave me some sort of a ‘no’ response … shook his head. …

“I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m not, I’m just tired,’” he continued. “And we proceeded to have a pretty normal conversation after that.”

Roughly 20 minutes after the Uber driver dropped Derek and his family off at their hotel, a man matching the driver’s description was arrested nearby in connection with the deadly shooting spree.

Police identified the suspect as Jason Brian Dalton, a 45-year-old who had only recently begun working for the ride-hailing service.

When Derek saw photos of Dalton on Sunday morning, he called Kalamazoo Police detectives to report his brush with the suspect, he told WOOD TV.

A police spokesman would not confirm Derek’s account when contacted by The Washington Post early Monday morning, although authorities have said they believe Dalton appeared to continue looking for passengers even after his alleged shooting spree.

There was no doubt in the Indianapolis man’s mind, however, that he had received a ride from Dalton.

“It was the same guy,” Derek told WOOD TV.

He also provided the television station with his Uber receipt, which showed a man named Jason — who bears a striking resemblance to Dalton — and a time-stamp from shortly before Dalton’s arrest at 12:40 a.m. Sunday.

Uber has confirmed Dalton had been working with the company and said he had passed a background check.

“We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan,” Joe Sullivan, Uber’s chief security officer, said in a statement. “We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can.”

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said Sunday that the attacks appeared to be “completely and totally random.”

Derek and his family weren’t the only Uber customers to have close encounters with Dalton before or during the mass shooting.

On Saturday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m., Dalton picked up a customer for a short ride, but the trip turned out to be so terrifying, his passenger practically leaped out and called 911.

[What the bizarre nature of the Kalamazoo shooting reveals about Uber’s background checks]

In an interview with The Washington Post, Matthew Mellen said that Dalton drove erratically, blowing through a stop sign, sideswiping another car, swerving in and out of traffic and refusing to stop. All the while, however, the Uber driver acted as though everything were normal, he said.

“He was, like, asking me, ‘Don’t you want to get to your friend’s house?’” Mellen said.

As soon as Dalton slowed down, Mellen jumped out and dialed 911, he told The Post. It wasn’t until two hours later, however, that police called him back.

By then, the alleged massacre had already begun.

According to Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting, the first victim was shot outside her apartment complex at about 6 p.m. She has not been named but is expected to survive, officials said.

Six others were not so lucky. On Sunday, police identified the dead as Mary Lou Nye, 63, of Baroda, Mich.; Mary Jo Nye, 60, of Battle Creek; Dorothy Brown, 74, of Battle Creek; Barbara Hawthorne, 68, of Battle Creek; and father and son Richard Smith, 53, and Tyler Smith, 17, both of Kalamazoo.

Authorities in Kalamazoo plan to charge Dalton on Monday with six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, and six counts of felony with a firearm.

A 14-year-old girl was “gravely injured” at Cracker Barrel, according to authorities. She was initially reported dead — the mass shooting’s supposed seventh victim — and was being prepped for organ donation when she suddenly squeezed her mother’s hand.

“Wow,” said a Kalamazoo police officer said when contacted by The Post early Monday morning. “It’s miraculous.”

Uber Driver Arrested for Sexually Assaulting High School Client after finals

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Police say a 16-year-old Valley girl was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver during a ride home from school earlier this year.

Court records reveal that on June 1, 2015, a high school student requested an Uber ride home from her school in Phoenix to her home in North Scottsdale after taking her final exams.

Police say the driver, 53-year-old James Richard Stough II, picked her up and started talking with her. The student told Stough she was an athlete and was recovering from a severe ankle injury.

Before getting to the victims' home in North Scottsdale, Stough told the victim he was a nurse and pulled over in an area with undeveloped home lots in the area of Pinnacle Peak and Pima. He opened the back door telling her that he was going to look at her ankle.

The girl later told police she was terrified and did what she was told as Stough inappropriately touched her.

Stough released the girl about a half mile from her home. The girl's father called police and requested an Uber ride, knowing the same driver may have been in the area. Scottsdale Police arrived at the home at the same time as the suspect.

Police says Stough denied any involvement, but Uber records confirmed that he stopped the fare in the location the victim said.

Lab work showing Stough's DNA on the girl's shorts was returned to Scottsdale Police on December 22nd and Stough was arrested. He is facing charges of kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor and assault.

Stough, who has been removed from Uber, had no prior complaints against him.