Uber Driver Attempts Rape as Woman Sleeps in Back Seat
NEW YORK — October 18, 2018
A male Uber driver alleged abused a client who was asleep in his cab recently. According to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), working with the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the FBI, the woman ordered an Uber from Manhattan to White Plains where she lived.
The driver, 24-year-old Harbir Parmar, changed the destination to Boston and left New York. The woman woke up after Parmar stopped the car and had climbed into the back seat, trying to unbutton her shirt.
The woman resisted and demanded he take her to the police. In response, Parmar pushed her out of the car on I-95 in Connecticut. The victim went to a nearby convenience store and asked for help.
The investigation revealed that Parmar has repeatedly sent false information about his passengers’ destination.
"He also sent false information about the application of a cleaning fee to be applied to the accounts of Company-1's customers on at least three occasions. In these instances, customers of Company-1 filed complaints with Company-1 about being overcharged for their rides. These instances have resulted in over $3,600 in improper charges to the accounts of Company-1's customers," the indictment reads.
Now the man is charged with one count of kidnapping, carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison, and one count of wire fraud, carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Parmar will be presented in White Plains federal court this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy.
FBI agents have also asked for any other victims to come forward.
The U.S. Department of Justice press release reads:
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: "As alleged, Harbir Parmar was hired to transport a woman from Manhattan to her home in White Plains. Instead, Parmar kidnapped, terrorized, and assaulted the woman before dumping her on the side of an interstate. No one — man or woman — should fear such an attack when they simply hire a car service."
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said: "The victim, in this case, utilized a ride-sharing service trusting that her driver would provide a safe ride home. Instead, as we allege today, Harbir Parmar made an outrageous choice, deciding to unlawfully take advantage of his passenger at a moment of vulnerability for his own selfish motives. This kind of behavior should never be tolerated, and the FBI will continue to work tirelessly with our partners to bring justice to those who would shamelessly and illegally take advantage of others."
Commissioner James P. O'Neill said: "The criminal acts outlined in this complaint are reprehensible. This individual's behavior goes far beyond ridesharing companies' efforts to revise their ethics codes and put a stronger emphasis on background checks for their drivers. 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."