A Las Vegas Uber driver was arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping passenger he was driving throughout an early-morning journey.
Dawed Mekonene, 30, was charged for the assault on Dec. 20. He faces a number of fees, together with sexually motivated kidnapping, battery by strangulation with intent to commit sexual assault, and two counts of sexual assault, Fox Information reported.
The feminine sufferer, whose age wasn’t disclosed, informed authorities that she ordered an Uber on Dec. 16. Mekonene arrived in a inexperienced Toyota Camry.
“During the ride, the victim fell asleep in the backseat of the vehicle and woke up as Mekonene began to sexually assault her,” police mentioned. “After the assault, the victim was driven to the originally requested destination.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal was capable of establish Mekonene as a driver and obtained a duplicate of his driving report from the corporate, which reveals the sufferer’s journey began within the space of the Las Vegas Strip and ended at an residence advanced almost six miles away. It additionally signifies that Mekonene allegedly ended the journey halfway by however then restarted it 22 minutes later. The report says that the sufferer was dropped off at her preliminary requested cease.
The unidentified girl was reportedly from out of state.
The police report particulars the girl’s terrifying journey. Apparently, she dozed off about 5 minutes into the journey after which wakened in the course of the backseat assault. Mekonene allegedly strangled the girl till she fell unconscious.
Authorities mentioned once they arrived on the cease, he “pulled her out of the car and threw her clothes and other belongings at her” and added that the drop-off was caught on surveillance footage.
The native district lawyer’s workplace dropped the kidnapping cost in opposition to Mekonene, however not the opposite fees. He’s due in courtroom on Dec. 30.
Uber informed the Overview-Journal that the corporate was aiding legislation enforcement of their investigation.
“The details described by the rider are horrific, and we immediately deactivated the driver,” the Uber spokesperson informed the information website.