Police in Virginia Beach, Va., arrested an Uber driver accused of raping a female passenger last weekend.
Sewanou Bisile Yoro, of Norfolk, Va., picked up the woman Saturday night and assaulted her in his car, WTKR-TV reported. Yoro, 34, was arrested on Monday and charged with abduction, rape, aggravated and sexual battery. He is being held at a county jail without bail.
Uber, besieged by negative publicity of late on multiple fronts, released the following statement:
“The type of conduct that has been described has no place on the app or anywhere. The driver has been banned from Uber and we will work with police to provide them with any information that would be useful in their investigation.”
According to the Virginian-Pilot, the driver was a part-time Uber employee for two or three years and reportedly earned about $350 a week.
Yoro has lived in the area where he picked up the passenger, whose identity is being withheld, since 2010. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 4.
Uber has had trouble in this area before. The New York Daily News reminded of two incidents. An ex-Uber engineer blasted the company in a revealing Feb. 19 blog post that accused senior management of sexual harassment and human resource negligence. Last November, the company settled a lawsuit after two women claimed they were sexually abused by Uber drivers.