A Boston-based Uber driver is facing allegations he kidnapped and raped a female passenger.
Alejandro Done, 46, has been charged with rape, assault to rape, kidnapping and assault and battery, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office.
That office alleges on December 6, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Done pulled up to a residence on Tremont Street in Boston, to pick up the alleged victim, described by authorities as a young woman.
The woman had been out with friends and decided to use a ridesharing service to get home, according to Ryan.
The DA alleges Done to a secluded area, then jumped in the backseat where the victim was sitting. Prosecutors allege Done thenstruck her with his hands, strangled her, locked the car doors so that she could not escape and covered her mouth so she could not scream. During an ensuing physical struggle, the defendant allegedly sexually assaulted the woman, according to authorities.
Ryan says it is unclear if the defendant used information he gained through his position as an Uber driver to target the alleged victim.
“We allege that this defendant picked up a young woman, presenting himself as the driver for a ride-sharing service, and then drove her to a secluded location where he beat and sexually assaulted her,” said Ryan through a statement. “This alleged predator took advantage of a young woman who trusted that he was who he portrayed himself to be and exploited her vulnerability once he had her in his car.”
Uber, according to the DA’s office, has been cooperative and has provided assistance with this ongoing investigation.
Done is being held in custody until his next court appearance,a dangerousness hearing on Dec. 24