An Uber driver is facing charges after police say an 18-year-old woman was kidnapped and assaulted during a ride in downtown Toronto.
Toronto police responded to a report of an abduction in the Eglinton Avenue East and Dunfield Avenue area, near Yonge Street, around 4 p.m. Sunday.
Police said the woman had ordered an Uber and was picked up by a male driver who allegedly engaged her in “inappropriate conversation” and made “unwanted advances” toward her.
The woman refused the advances of the suspect, according to police, and asked to be let out of the car.
Police said the driver refused to let the woman out of the car and attempted to take her to a “private location.”
The woman was able to escape the vehicle and call police, but investigators were not able to provide further details.
Uber Canada released a statement to Global News Tuesday in response to the charges laid by police.
“What’s been described is unacceptable and is not tolerated on the Uber app,” an Uber spokesperson wrote.
“We immediately removed this driver’s access following this report and will provide any information to law enforcement that would be helpful for their investigation.”
Sukhbaj Singh, 24, of Belleville, Ont., was arrested Monday and charged with forcible confinement, kidnapping and assault. He is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on July 4.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).