An Uber driver is accused of attempting to sexually assault a female passenger after she fell asleep in his vehicle.
Emilio Victores, 45, is charged with attempted sexual battery on a helpless victim. He was ordered held on $25,000 bond. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to the arrest report, the alleged sexual battery occurred on March 17. The victim, who was on vacation from South Carolina, ordered an Uber Pool from a house in North Miami Beach to a place in Biscayne Park where she was planning to meet her friends.
The accused was allegedly her Uber driver. When he picked up three additional customers, the woman moved to the front seat to make room for them. She told police that she fell asleep during the trip and woke to find the car parked on the side of the road. She was alone with the Uber driver and she noticed that her pants were pulled down. She also noticed that the driver’s pants were unbuttoned and his genitals exposed, according to the report.
“The victim fell asleep in the front seat and was awakened when the driver known to her as Emilio, was on top of her kissing her on the lips,” the report said, according to CBS 4 News. “The victim said that she pushed him off and yelled ‘Stop! Get off me!’ and that Emilio replied, ‘I’m sorry,’ and he complied and got off of her.”
The woman demanded that the Uber driver drop her off at her original destination, which was 12 miles away, and he reportedly complied.
Police didn’t speak to the Uber driver until a few weeks later, when he turned himself in. He purportedly agreed to give them a DNA sample and admitted that he had stopped his vehicle on the side of the road on the night of the incident, but he said he did it to check his vehicle’s tires.
Records show that the accused driver has a criminal history. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2002 for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was released in 2016. Records also show that he went to jail in the 90s on several charges, including grand theft, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault with a weapon.
During his bond hearing, the prosecutor was alarmed that someone with such a criminal history would be allowed to drive for Uber. An Uber spokesperson sent the following statement to news sources on Friday:
“What’s been described is deeply upsetting and our thoughts are with the rider during this difficult time. The driver’s access to the app was removed as soon as it was reported to us.”
Uber reportedly does background checks on all of its drivers and follows the Florida law that requires drivers for ride-sharing companies to have not been convicted of a felony for the past five years. The defendant’s last conviction was in 2001.
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