Uber driver ac­cused in kid­nap­ping case

Man ar­rested for alledged ab­duc­tion at Yonge & Eglin­ton

Midtown Post - - News - — Sa­man­tha Peksa

On May 22, a 24-year-old Uber driver from Belleville was ar­rested for kid­nap­ping a young fe­male pas­sen­ger he had picked up in the Yonge Street and Eglin­ton Av­enue area.

The man has been charged with kid­nap­ping, forcible con­fine­ment and as­sault.

On May 21, at 2:45 p.m., an 18-year-old woman was picked up near Eglin­ton Av­enue East and Dun­field Av­enue. Dur­ing the ride, the driver be­gan to en­gage her in in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­ver­sa­tion.

“He started a con­ver­sa­tion with her and it be­came in­ap­pro­pri­ate. She de­clined his ad­vances, and he tried to drive her to an area that was not part of her fare,” said Vic­tor Kwong, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer with the Toronto Po­lice Service (TPS). Kwong said po­lice be­lieve he was try­ing to take her to his house, but when the car came to a stop, she was able to run away. She then called the po­lice.

“He stopped to pick them up drinks at a plaza on Eglin­ton Av­enue West in Mis­sis­sauga, and when he stopped, that’s when she bolted.”

Po­lice re­sponded to the call at 4:02 p.m. on May 21 and ar­rested the sus­pect the next day at 11:21 a.m.

“The of­fi­cers spoke with Uber, as well, the mo­ment they got the re­port, and from there it was easy to track down who it was,” Kwong said.

The sus­pect’s name and photo has been posted on the TPS web­site.

Any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice.

The man is sched­uled to ap­pear in court on July 4.

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