Arrest made after woman sexually assaulted by man claiming to be ride share driver
Suhail Siddiqi, 33, of Ajax, is shown in this handout photo. (Toronto Police Service)
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:10AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:38PM EDT
Police have arrested a 33-year old man who is alleged to have picked up a woman while posing as her ride share driver, only to take her to a secluded area and sexually assault her.
The alleged sexual assault occurred in the Caledonia Road and Lawrence Avenue West area early Sunday morning.
Police say that the 21-year-old victim had ordered a ride using a ride share app when she was picked up a man who said that he was a ride share driver.
Police allege that the man then drove the woman to a secluded area where he proceeded to sexually assault her.
“This man approached her and said he was her driver. At that point she did get into the vehicle and was driven to a secluded area where this man sexually assaulted her, took her phone and then kicked her out of the vehicle,” Const. Caroline de Kloet told CP24 on Tuesday.
The man is a registered driver with both Uber and Lyft; however police say that he was not the driver that was supposed to pick up the woman.
Suhail Siddiqi, 33, of Ajax, was arrested on Monday and charged with sexual assault, robbery and overcoming resistance by choking.
Police say that their investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
Both Uber and Lyft are cooperating with the investigation, police say.
In a statement provided to CP24, a spokesperson for Uber said that the company removed the suspect’s access to their app as soon as they learned of the allegation and also revoked his license with the city.
"What has been described is horrible and has no place anywhere,” the spokesperson said. “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement and will continue to support their investigation."