A former driver Uber in Boston in the United States was sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a woman he had believed he was his driver, a prosecutor said Saturday, calling for caution.
Done Alejandro, 47, pleaded guilty Friday of rape, kidnapping, assault and battery, said Marian Ryan, District Attorney of Middlesex in Massachusetts.
Last December, the man was using the Uber app as a driver. On the evening of December 6, he had passed to the driver that a woman had just ordered by the application, and it is mounted on board the vehicle, giving it the address where it wanted to go.
After asking her to cash payroll and it draws money from an ATM, Alejandro Done took the victim to an isolated place where he strangled and raped. The victim survived. Uber had cooperated with the investigation.
“I encourage people to take precautions when they use car sharing services. Although these applications are practical and modern, they are not safe, “said the prosecutor Marian Ryan.
“Customers should check the license plate and model of the vehicle before boarding, and remain attentive to the place where they are,” she also said.
Payment of Uber shopping is done only through the application, never in cash.
Done Alejandro was also confused by its DNA and indicted in September for sexual assaults between 2006 and 2010, according to prosecutors in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.