An Uber driver faces a rape charge after investigators say he attacked an intoxicated 16-year-old passenger.
Gwinnett County police say the incident happened in the early morning hours of Monday, Dec. 11. Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex off Old Norcross Tucker Road and made contact with a 16-year-old girl who appeared to be extremely intoxicated.
The girl told officers she had been drinking with friends at a local bar when one of her friends arranged for an Uber driver to pick her up and take her home.
The Uber driver arrived and later dropped the girl off at her apartment complex. After she exited the vehicle, according to police, the girl began beating on doors asking for help. One of the residents called 911.
When officers met the girl, she told them she was sexually assaulted by the Uber diver. Her pants were down around her ankles when she was found, police said.
The friend who arranged for the Uber ride gave officers identifying information on the driver, along with vehicle information.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and an evaluation. The case was transferred to a Special Victims Unit detective, who contacted Uber for information.
With the information gathered from Uber, the detective said the incident likely happened along South Norcross Tucker Road in between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Old Norcross Road Tucker Road near Norcross.
“The information provided by the company of Uber does corroborate the victim’s story," said Corporal Michele Pihera of the Gwinnett County Police Department. "We know that the trip from the bar to the apartment complex should have taken a specific amount time, but the trip data indicated that it took a much longer amount of time to complete.”
Police identified the Uber driver s Abdoulie Jagne, 58. An arrest warrant for Jagne was issued for the rape. Additional charges could be forthcoming, police said.
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jagne and took him to the Gwinnett County Jail.
Investigators for the case ask that any other women who may have been sexually assaulted by Jagne to call the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Uber issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“What’s reported here is horrifying beyond words. Our thoughts are with the rider and her family during this time. This driver has been permanently removed from the app." ~ Uber spokesperson
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