Uber driver in Brazil accused of rape

Friday June 15 2018
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An Uber driver in Brazil has been arrested on suspicion of raping a girl at gunpoint, police said Thursday.

The assault is alleged to have occurred June 7 in a rough neighbourhood of Rio after the adolescent got into the car to go to another area of the city, as requested by her mother.

Along the way the driver took a detour, drove into deserted street and raped the girl at gunpoint, police said in statement.

The girl and her mother later reported the driver.

The 43 year old man was arrested Wednesday at a gas station.


Uber said in a statement it does not tolerate such behaviour and that the driver was removed from the app as soon as the complaint was filed.