SPD: Man harassed, sexually abused women while driving Uber and taxi cab
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
Syracuse Police say a man is facing charges for two separate incidents that happened when he drove for Uber and for a taxi company in the area.
Police say the first incident was reported on September 17 when an 18-year-old Syracuse University student said she had hailed an Uber ride wither her phone while on Ostrum Avenue. The victim said once in the vehicle, the driver reached into the back seat and started to rub her leg and thigh area. The victim told police he then drove to a secluded parking lot and began to make lewd comments.
Court documents state the victim jumped out of the vehicle while it was still moving and was able to run away to her home and call for police. Police say it appears the suspect, identified as Ibrahim M. Aden, 34, was suspended by Uber after the incident.
Police say a second incident allegedly occurred on October 29 while Aden was driving a Yellow Taxi Company car. A 22-year-old woman told police she was walking home on the 1200 block of W. Fayette Street when she was approached by a cab whose driver said she could ride home for free. The victim said she sat in the front seat and during the ride home the driver grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his lap. The victim said the driver's pants were unzipped, police said.
The victim was able to get the driver to stop the car and she ran home to call police.
Police say after several interviews and investigation, detectives identified Aden as the suspect. Aden was charged on December 7 with second-degree Unlawful Imprisonment and second-degree Harassment for the September incident, as well as first-degree Sexual Abuse for the October incident.
Police say nobody was injured in either incident.
Uber issued the following statement about the allegations:
What’s been described is deeply upsetting. We have removed the driver's access to the app and we have been in touch with local authorities to offer any information that could be helpful in their investigation.
Yellow Taxi Company tells us Aden was renting one of their vehicles and was not employed by the cab company.