Police: Ride-share driver reportedly forced woman into apartment, raped her for hours

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Seattle Police Department is investigating a report that a Seattle ride-share driver forced a woman into a Capitol Hill apartment and sexually assaulted her for hours on Sunday.

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According to SPD, the woman, who is in her 20s, got into a ride-share vehicle on Sunday afternoon, but the driver reportedly canceled the ride. The male driver said she would not be charged for the ride, and then he drove to an apartment near Summit Avenue.

The victim told police that the suspect forced her into the apartment and raped her for several hours until she was able to get away.

The woman contacted police the next day. Investigators are now working with the ride-share company to identify the driver.

SPD did not identify which ride-share company the suspected driver worked for in Sunday’s incident.

KIRO7 News did an investigation last year about women who claimed Uber and Lyft drivers sexually assaulted them.

We talked to an SPD sexual assault detective who confirmed that their department is seeing more cases involving sexual assault ride-share drivers. But he also said that “prior to the increase in ride-share services, we were getting cases of taxicab” drivers suspected of sexually assaulting female passengers.

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