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Langley man accused of posing as Uber driver, assaulting passenger in Vancouver

Last Updated Oct 29, 2020 at 2:07 pm PDT

Hirdeypal Batth, 24, has been charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement after an incident on Aug. 26 where he allegedly posed as a woman's Uber driver and sexually assault her. Police believe there may be more victims. (Photos courtesy Vancouver Police)
Summary

A 24-year-old man is being accused of sexually assaulting someone after he may have posed as an Uber driver

Vancouver police say Langley man facing charges of sexual assault, forcible confinement related to August incident

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A man from Langley is accused of sexually assaulting a woman after posing as an Uber driver and luring her into his vehicle.

In addition to the charge of sexual assault, 24-year-old Hirdeypaul Batth is also facing a count of forcible confinement.

This is related to an investigation from Aug. 24, when Batth is accused of assaulting a victim in the area of Oak Street and King Edward Avenue.

Vancouver police say he is believed to have posed as the victim’s Uber driver while driving a white 2020 Land Rover.

The concern now is that there may be other potential victims.

“Investigators are expanding their focus to look at crimes that occurred outside of Vancouver and are urging any other victims to please come forward,” says VPD Const. Tania Visintin.

Police say Batth was convicted of sexual assault in 2017 “with similarities to the current investigation.”

He remains in custody.

Uber does not let drivers pick up passengers who flag them down from a street corner or outside a restaurant.

“You can request a trip with Uber and be in your home and actually follow and know exactly when they’re outside to pick you up, so you don’t have to wait outside and wait for someone to come and pick you, so you are notified in the app when the driver is outside,” said Kayla Whaling, with Uber.

She adds you should also ask drivers who they are picking up before getting inside.

“Never get in a car with a driver who claims to be with Uber, but doesn’t match what’s in your app. You can also share the trip details with friends and family — estimated time of arrival and the specific route with friends and family — so they can follow the trip and know that they got home safely.”

The VPD is asking anyone with information to contact investigators at 604.717.0601 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.