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Sheriff: Uber driver sexually assaulted passenger

Posted on July 23, 2021

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RALEIGH — An Uber driver has been charged with assaulting a customer during a ride.

The victim requested an Uber pickup in Wake Forest to take her to Raleigh on May 9, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

During the trip, driver Muhammed Arslan Afzal allegedly pulled onto the Interstate 540 shoulder in Knightdale and convinced the woman to move from the backseat to the front passenger seat, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

Afzal assaulted the woman at that time, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. When they arrived at the woman’s home in Raleigh, authorities say Afzal fled the area.

Investigators secured arrest warrants on July 13. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies helped arrest Afzal on July 18.

Wake deputies charged Afzal, a Johnston County resident, with first-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree forcible sex offense, indecent exposure and sexual assault. He was booked into the Wake County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond.

During a Thursday press conference, the sheriff’s office advised customers using ride-hailing services to always sit in the backseat — with their seat belt on — and check the driver’s ratings and reviews before confirming a pickup.

Authorities also suggested sharing a trip with other riders or carpooling if traveling alone.

Passengers who use ride-hailing services like Uber should request a ride before going outside and call 911 immediately if their safety is threatened, the sheriff’s office said.

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