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An Uber driver was arrested after a woman reported being sexually assaulted in Boston early Saturday, according to officials.
The Massachusetts State Police said in a news release that officers received a report around 1:15 p.m. and that a woman had been sexually assaulted by an Uber driver on Storrow Drive near the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.
An initial investigation by the officers led to the arrest of the driver, a 37-year-old Daudah Mayanja of Waltham, on two counts of rape.
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“State Police Crime Scene Services staff and an MSP pharmacy collected potential evidence for forensic analysis”, state police said.
The victim is an adult woman, who was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
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While still in custody, Mayanja told WCVB-TV in a telephone interview on Saturday, he was innocent.
“That information sent out is wrong and false,” Mayanja told the tv station. “She jumped from the backseat to the driver’s seat. When I stopped, she jumped out of the car (and) I left the scene. I called my bosses, because I saw that she had her bag in my car. I called the Uber offices to tell them about the situation.”
In a statement to Boston 25 News, Uber has called the incident “terrible.”
“What’s been reported is horrible and something no one should ever go through,” the company told Boston 25. “We stand ready to support the law enforcement with their investigation.”
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The company added that the increase of the security and that the horsemen of the 911 directly from the app, while sharing their location with their GPS technology.
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Some Uber riders, however, said that incidents like on Saturday make they are careful with the use of the service.
“That’s really scary,” Boston resident Molly Hanlon told Boston 25 News. “I know that my mother always warns me, she is always worried about Uber and I think it’s of course important to be aware, make sure they know your name. But it’s scary, the things that you’re not going to happen.”
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The police said they are still investigating the incident. Mayanja is being held on $25,000 bail and is set to be arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court on Monday, police said.