TORONTO (CITYNEWS) – Toronto Police say an Uber driver is facing sexual assault charges in relation to two investigations.
A 36-year-old man from Mississauga, Ontario faces one count each of forcible confinement and extortion, and two counts of sexual assault.
The first alleged incident occurred on Sept. 6, 2018, after a 24-year-old woman entered a black SUV she believed to be the Uber she had ordered.
Police allege the driver did not allow her to leave the vehicle, and instead took her to a secluded spot where he’s accused of sexually assaulting her.
The second alleged incident happened on April 8, 2019, when police say a 21-year-old woman entered a black SUV.
They allege the driver would not let her leave the vehicle as he drove away from Toronto: first to a fast-food restaurant parking lot, where she tried to get assistance from a bystander; then to a secluded side street, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her. Once she was dropped off later that afternoon, she contacted police.
Police tell CityNews the suspect was not the intended Uber driver for either alleged victim, but it’s unknown how he knew they were looking for an Uber driver.
A spokesperson for Uber says the company is “fully co-operating with law enforcement,” and the suspect’s access to the app has been revoked. “What’s described is horrible and nothing anyone should go through,” their statement read.
The suspect is due to appear in court on May 23, and police say they believe there may be other victims.