Toronto police say they have charged an Uber driver in connection with two separate sexual-assault investigations Saturday morning.
Police responded to a call on Sept. 6, 2018, at approximately 1:15 a.m. for a sexual assault incident in the Dundas St. E and Sackville St. area.
It is alleged that a 24-year-old woman entered a Black Infinity SUV which she believed was her Uber ride, police write in a news release. Once she was inside the car, the male driver did not allow her to exit and instead drove to a secluded area.
Police say the man then sexually assaulted her and continued to drive around before finally allowing the victim to exit the SUV. She then called the police.
Earlier this month, on April 8, officers began a sexual-assault investigation after an incident at 1 p.m. that afternoon in the Royal York Rd. and Evans Ave. area.
It is alleged that a 21-year-old woman entered a black SUV and was not allowed to exit. She was driven to the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Mississauga, where she tried to get assistance from a bystander, police said.
The male driver then drove to a secluded side street where he sexually assaulted her, police said. The woman was dropped off later in the morning and contacted police, they said.
Police have arrested 36-year-old Taneem Aziz, from Mississauga. He is charged with two counts of sexual assault, forcible confinement and extortion and is scheduled to appear in court May 23.
A spokesperson for Uber said the company has been informed about this incident and described the allegation as “horrible,” adding that no one should go through something like this.
“We are fully cooperating with law enforcement and will continue to provide any information to them that would be helpful for their investigation. As soon as we learned of this, we removed this individual’s access to the app,” the spokesperson said.
Police say they believe there may be other victims; anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Aziz is not the first local Uber driver charged with sexual assault in recent years.
In 2018, Toronto police charged Vaughan resident Senol Komec, 38 at the time, with four counts of sexual assault and four counts of forcible confinement.
In 2017, Fahmy Saggaf, then 41, from Toronto was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl after she got into an Uber vehicle at the downtown bus terminal at Bay St. and Edward St. Also, Uber driver Orjon Leska, then 38, was charged with sexual assault shortly after an incident in Toronto early on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.
Sherina Harris is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @sherinaharris
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