A 22-year-old woman was allegedly raped by an Uber driver in his vehicle, according to a report received by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
LTFRB Board Member Ariel Inton said that the Uber driver suddenly embraced the passenger, forced her to grab his genitals, then forced her to perform oral sex on him. The victim struggled and was able to escape the sexual assault.
According to the police report filed in the Quezon City Police District, the suspect was identified as a certain Xstian Karlou John Marie, driver of a red Toyota Vios with the license plate number ARA-3101. The incident occurred while the Uber driver and victim were driving through Katipunan Avenue, near UP Town Center, around 2:30 PM on Wednesday. The suspect is still at large.
“It has come to our attention that Uber does not disclose the name of the driver or any of its details to their passenger. When a crime is committed, it would be very hard for the victim to file a case because no detail with regard to the perpetrator is provided,” Inton added.
Uber, in a statement issued on Friday, said that the company has already revoked the driver from the platform.
“First and foremost our thoughts are with the rider and her family. We immediately removed the driver from the Uber platform when we learned of the reported incident and are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their ongoing investigation and stand ready to assist them in every way we can,” the company said in the statement.