A Los Angeles driver is being held on $1 million bail on charges of kidnapping for the purpose of sexual assault as of Tuesday, according to a report from ABC 7 in Los Angeles. The driver, who ABC 7 and other outlets have associated with the car service Uber, allegedly took a non-Uber fare to a motel room after picking her up from a nightclub and stayed there overnight with her, though no allegations of sexual assault have been made. In a statement made Tuesday afternoon, Uber said it is “certainly unclear that this is an Uber-related incident.”
Los Angeles Police Department Lieutenant Paul Vernon told KTLA that the driver’s story “didn’t make any sense,” but the police believe he was solicited by a nightclub worker while outside the nightclub—and not in his capacity as an Uber employee—to pick up a 26-year-old woman. The police couldn’t immediately determine if the woman had called the driver as her phone was dead, but they said the woman was too drunk to give her address (if she had called the car, the driver would have her address through Uber).
Though the above appears to be the accepted, pieced-together story from various accounts, Vernon later told ABC 7 that “the victim was trying to be responsible by calling for a ride, but she unwittingly put herself in another vulnerable situation,” leaving it unclear who called the car and in what capacity.
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