PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Police have charged an Uber driver after they say he sexually assaulted a passenger early Thursday morning.
According to a police report, at about 12:20 a.m. the victim, a 21-year-old Brown University student, requested an Uber ride from Thayer Street to her home, and then to Medway Street.
When they arrived at her home, police said the driver, 29-year-old Carlos Carrillo, asked to use her bathroom. She allowed him to use it and when they returned to the car Carrillo insisted that she sit in the front seat.
Police said Carrillo then allegedly became increasingly aggressive, asking her if she had a boyfriend, groping her and ultimately pulling the car over and trying to climb on top of her. He stopped when she screamed and they continued onto Medway Street.
When they arrived at her destination, police said she ran out of the car but in her rush to get inside she dropped several items. As she bent down to get them, Carrillo allegedly came up behind her, grabbed her, and began "grinding against her."
According to the police report, she got inside the building and shortly thereafter Carrillo rang the doorbell and asked for her phone number. Police said she gave him a fake number and he left.
About an hour after the victim reported the incident, an officer on patrol spotted Carillo's car parked on Orms Street and found Carrillo inside a third-floor apartment at 368 Orms Street.
Providence police charged Carrillo with one felony count of second-degree sexual assault, and he posted $250 bail after his arraignment later in the day in District Court.
Uber released a statement about the assault, saying the driver had no previous reports of inappropriate behavior with passengers.
“What the rider reported to police is appalling and wrong. This driver no longer has access to the app, and we will support the police investigation," a spokesperson for the company said.
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