MEXICO CITY – A Mexican judge ordered the start of criminal proceedings against the Uber driver recently accused of aggravated rape, the prosecutor’s office in the capital reported on Wednesday.
“He is officially a prisoner by order of the judge ... who made his ruling on the evidence presented by the Mexico City District Attorney’s Office,” the institution said in a statement.
The incident leading to the ruling occurred when a woman called for an Uber ride service upon leaving a Condesa district bar in the early morning on May 1.
After being picked up by the Uber driver, she fell asleep while being driven to her destination and when she woke up the driver stopped the car and raped her.
“After committing the illicit act, the attacker continued the trip and took the woman to her home,” where he stole her purse, let her out of the car and fled, said the institution.
The victim contacted the sexual crimes unit at the AG’s Office to report the attack and the driver was quickly apprehended thanks to information provided by Uber.
“We take this kind of accusation very seriously, and so we’ve deactivated the driver’s (profile) ... Our thoughts are with the young woman ... and her family,” said Uber.
The firm added that it is “working closely with the authorities to assist them in the investigation.”
San Francisco-based Uber quickly has become a huge player in the private transportation sector in many countries around the world, although it has had to deal with numerous contentious court rulings over its business model.