Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting Brooklyn woman, exposing himself

Posted at 6:16 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 18:16:28-05
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 02: In this photo illustration, a woman uses the Uber app on an Samsung smartphone on September 2, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Uber, an app that allows passenger to buy rides from drivers who do not have taxi permits, has had its UberPop freelance driver service banned in Germany after a complaint by Taxi Deutschland, a trade association of taxi drivers in the country. The company, which operates in 42 countries over 200 cities worldwide, plans to both appeal the decision made by a court in Frankfurt as well as, at the risk of heavy fines, continue its services in Germany until a final decision has been made on the matter. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)


CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn – A Canarsie woman says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver after celebrating her 23rd birthday with friends Saturday night, according to police.

The woman’s mother told PIX11 that her daughter went to Milk River, located at 960 Atlantic Avenue, to hang out with friends that evening.  The mother’s name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

After having some drinks at the swanky Caribbean-themed lounge, her daughter, who works as a manager at a high-end hotel, left around 5 a.m. and hailed an Uber with one of her friends.

The driver dropped her friend off first, and was taking the woman to her Canarsie home with she started to feel sick.  She asked him to pull over near Glenwood Road and Remsen so she could throw up.

The Uber driver got out and walked over to her door.  He offered to help her clean up and began rubbing her breast with a napkin, then started fondling one of her breasts and put his mouth on it, she later told police.  When she pushed him away, he allegedly exposed his genitals to her.

Still in the backseat, she closed the car door and the driver got back in and told her he would take her home.  On the way to her apartment, he told her that she looked “so sexy” and asked her “do you live alone,” her mother told PIX11.  When she got out of the car, he allegedly asked her for a blow job.

“You know this is a girl who uses Uber, she’s part of the young generation,” the woman’s mother said.  “You don’t know who you’re going to get in the car with.”

She says her daughter is terrified and has been contacted by the Uber driver after the alleged incident.  She says her daughter is now trying to move out immediately for fear that he might come to her house.

“How many girls has he done it to and how many will he do it to?” she said.  The family has hired an attorney and say they want to bring publicity to the potential dark side of the widely-used ride service.

No arrests have been made yet, but police say the investigation is ongoing.