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Uber driver charged in sex assault cases

Toronto police say they have charged Uber driver Taneem Aziz, a 36-year-old from Mississauga, in connection with two separate sexual-assault investigations.

Police responded to a call on September 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 wrote in a news release. Once she was inside the car, the male driver raced to a secluded area where she was sexually assaulted.

He continued to drive around before finally allowing the victim to exit the SUV.

Earlier this month, on April 8, officers began a sexual-assault investigation of a 21-year-old in Toronto which happened after she 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.

Taneem Aziz is charged with two counts of sexual assault, forcible confinement and extortion and is scheduled to appear in court May 23.

There have been a spate of incidents involving Uber drivers or people posing as drivers.

Police are urging those using ride-sharing apps to exert caution and double check the following:
• Check the licence plate number
• Match the vehicle’s make and model
• Check the driver’s photo -CINEWS

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