An Uber driver named Reshad Ahmad Chakari is accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Police Say Reshad Ahmad Chakari Assaulted His Fare
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Police say 32-year-old Reshad Ahmad Chakari of Alexandria, Virginia attacked a female passenger. The Washington City Paper notes that Chakari is facing a charge of second degree sexual abuse. Chakari’s passenger, whose name has not been released, accuses the driver of fondling her after she passed out in his cab.
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2. His Alleged Victim Had Been Out Partying
According to Valley Wag, the woman Chakari allegedly assaulted had been out partying before getting picked up. The incident took place on July 19th, and the woman had been out with friends at Lux Lounge in Washington, D.C.
Valley Wag states that the victim’s friend arranged the Uber transport for the woman. The friend later called Chakari through the Uber app to check on the woman. It was this call that was “startling” to the driver, and Chakari is believed to have dropped off his passenger at a hotel right after receiving the call from the concerned friend.
3. Reshad Ahmad Chakari Is Not the Only Uber Diver to Be Accused of Assault
Reshad Ahmad Chakari is not the first Uber driver to come under suspicion of sexual assault. The Daily Beast notes that an LA-based Uber driver was arrested on suspicion of raping one of his fares.
Additionally, a San Francisco-based Uber driver reportedly called one of his male passengers a derogatory slur and then struck him.
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4. Uber Serves 42 Countries
— Uber (@Uber) July 18, 2014
Uber serves 42 countries around the world. In addition, the company has a large presence in many major US cities.
5. Uber’s Policy is to Suspend Drivers Accused of a Crime
In response to customer allegations @Uber says "rider safety is Uber's #1 priority". The have also suspended Reshad Chakari's account.
— Adrienne Winston (@AdrienneABC7) July 27, 2014
A NBC affiliate in Miami reports that Uber takes allegations against its drivers seriously:
“Rider safety is Uber’s #1 priority. We take reports like this seriously and are treating the matter with the utmost urgency and care,” said Taylor Bennett, spokesperson for Uber Technologies. “It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver’s account following any serious allegations, which we have done. We stand ready to assist authorities in any investigation.”
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