Uber’s image has been on a downward trajectory since University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson got into a car that she thought was her Uber only to be sexually assaulted and killed. Despite the company’s drive to win back the public trust, another negative incident has impacted the company.
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Baltimore police are investigating the alleged rape of a 25-year-old woman who claims her Uber driver sexually assaulted her while taking her home Saturday night. Thankfully, the woman’s father was getting worried that his daughter had not returned home yet, so he used the location services on her phone to help him find her.
As he approached the location, he noticed a vehicle pulled off to the side of the road with a “Uber” sticker. He knocked on the window only to see the man on top of his daughter in the backseat, according to the police report.
“When he went up and knocked on the car, he observed the driver and the victim in the back seat of the car,” Baltimore sheriff Shawn Vinson said during a press conference. The father reportedly had a heated exchange of words with the driver, who threw his daughter’s pocketbook at him.
The father grabbed his daughter and took her from the car before the rideshare driver sped away, the Daily Mail reported. He then called 911 to report the sexual assault. “This is a very serious allegation. It’s a very serious incident,” Vinson said before adding the investigation is “very active” and “fluid.”
Vinson told the publication: “This is an on-going investigation. Uber has worked closely with our detectives in this matter. We will release more information as the investigation progresses but it is vital at this time to withhold specific details to allow our detectives to continue their investigation.”
Mike Hellgren, who works for CBS Baltimore, reported a statement Uber issued to him following the allegation. “What’s been reported is appalling beyond words. We removed the driver from the app as soon as this report was sent to us. We will work with police on their investigation.”
Law enforcement officials believe this to be an isolated incident. The driver has not been charged with any crime currently.