Authorities have accused an Uber driver of abducting a passenger after falling asleep, according to the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Harbir Parmar, 24, allegedly kidnapped and attacked his female passenger
The rider was picked up in Manhattan on February 21st. She asked Parmar to take her to White Plains, where she lived according to authorities. While driving, the passenger fell asleep. Parmar changed her destination to an address in Boston and drove to Massachusetts. When the driver awoke, the driver had parked the vehicle on the roadside. Parmar was sitting in the backseat. His hand was under her shirt, touching the top of her chest.
The passenger asked to go to their original destination or to a police station. Instead, the driver dropped the driver in Branford, Connecticut, on the side of the Interstate.
"Parmar hijacked, terrorized and attacked the woman before dumping her on the interstate, and nobody ̵
"Harbir Parmar made an outrageous decision and decided to unlawfully exploit his passenger in a moment of vulnerability for his own egoist said FBI deputy head of New York Division William F. Sweeney Jr. "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 use them the others. "
Parmar was also charged with fraud.
The indictment stems from allegations that he had misrepresented false destinations about his travel destinations at least eleven times between December 2016 and February 2018, charging his passengers for cleaning fees. "These cases have resulted in over $ 3,600 in inappropriate charges," the press release said.
CBS New York reported that people charged with kidnapping may be sentenced to life imprisonment. Parmar also faces a maximum penalty of 20 years for the fraud fee.
"What was reported is terrible and something no person should go through, and once we became aware, we immediately removed that individual's access to the platform," said a Uber spokesman for Newsweek . "We have fully cooperated with law enforcement and will continue to support their investigation."
The incident with Parmar adds to the growing list of suspected criminal behavior by riders.
In April, CNN reported that 103 Uber drivers in the United States were accused of sexual assault or mistreatment: At least 31 drivers had been convicted at the time of the article for crimes including violent physical contact and rape.
In addition, at least 18 Lyft drivers were also sexually charged with or acts of violence, Newsweek reported in May.