This is Why it is necessary to protect the public with marked taxis – Drivers Voice

Ottawa police have laid more charges against a man accused of posing as an Uber driver to sexually assault women and steal their credit and debit cards in the ByWard Market area.

Sami Hassan Khreis, 37, was charged Monday with sexual assault causing bodily harm, flight from police and breach of probation on top of his original charges, which included sexual assault, fraud and theft.

Police said more people have come forward since Khreis was arrested Friday, and that the charges stem from incidents in October 2017 and January 2018.

Khreis was arrested after police said a man was allegedly luring intoxicated women into his car by pretending to be an Uber driver and proceeding to sexually assault them once inside. The man also allegedly stole credit cards and coerced people into divulging financial information.

Police did not issue a description of the suspect because they believed there might be more than one person pulling off the same scam.

A real Uber ride can only be summoned by and billed directly through the Uber app; there’s no need to pay with cash, credit or debit card. One way to ensure your ride is an Uber is to ask the driver for your name, which Uber drivers have on their phone once they get a call.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service tip line at 613-236-1222, ext. 5760.


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