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An Uber driver in New York City kidnapped a woman who fell asleep in his vehicle, groped her in the back seat and then left her on the side of a highway in Connecticut, federal authorities said Tuesday.
The woman woke up to find the driver “with his hand under her shirt touching the top of her breast,” according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.
The woman reached for her phone, the complaint said, but Parmar took it from her and continued driving. She asked the driver to take her to the police station but Parmar refused, the complaint said.

Parmar eventually left the woman on the side of Interstate 95 in Branford, Connecticut, about an hour’s drive east of her home. The complaint said the woman memorized Parmar’s license plate and called a cab from a nearby convenience store.

The woman later learned that Uber had charged her more than $1,000 for a trip from New York to Massachusetts. Uber said that amount was later refunded.

The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission said it suspended Parmar’s license, which he has had since December 2015, pending the criminal case’s outcome. Spokesman Allan Fromberg said Parmar’s violation history was clean.

Federal authorities also charged Parmar with wire fraud, accusing him of overcharging Uber riders by inputting false information about their destinations.

The complaint said he also reported “false information” about cleaning fees that he charged to Uber riders on at least three occasions, including the woman he allegedly groped and left on the side of the road.

Parmar later admitted to the FBI that the woman had not vomited in his vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
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Re: Canoe N.Y. Uber driver allegedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted woman
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2018, 10:27:14 PM »

NEW YORK (WABC) -- An Uber driver is facing charges after investigators say he kidnapped, terrorized and assaulted a passenger before dumping her on

Authorities say he picked up a woman who requested a ride from Manhattan to her home in White Plains around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 28.

When she fell asleep, authorities say Parmar changed the destination in her app to Boston.

The woman told police that when she woke up, she found Parmar on top of her with his hand under her shirt. She demanded that he take her home or to the nearest police station.

Instead, investigators say Parmar dropped her off on the side of I-95 in Branford, Connecticut.

"This individual's behavior goes far beyond ridesharing companies' efforts to revise their ethics codes and put stronger emphasis on background checks for their drivers," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said. "The people we serve deserve much better. These charges are appalling, and such behavior will never be tolerated by the NYPD or any of our local, state, or federal law enforcement partners."

Additionally, officials say Parmar sent false information about customers' destinations through the app on at least 11 occasions between December 2016 and February 2018. He is also accused of improperly charging customers.

"What's been reported is horrible and something no person should go through. As soon as we became aware, we immediately removed this individual's access to the platform. We have fully cooperated with law enforcement and will continue to support their investigation," an Uber spokesperson said.

The FBI says they believe there could be other victims and are asking anyone who had this driver to contact them at (914) 925-3888.

Parmar has been licensed to drive a TLC vehicle since December 2015 and his record was clean. His TLC license has since been suspended.

The TLC released the following statement:

"When passengers of any for-hire service experience any kind of problem, it is crucial that they notify the TLC through 311, online or by phone. If a passenger notifies the company of the problem directly, the most they can do is remove that driver from their own system. Filing a complaint with the TLC, however, would result in an investigation and, potentially, more serious actions such as license suspension and revocation that are only possible through the TLC. We strongly encourage passengers to reach out to the TLC whenever they have a question or complaint about the service they've received."
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