A West Rogers Park Uber driver was ordered held on $100,000 bail Saturday for allegedly locking a ride-share customer inside his vehicle and demanding sex from her, authorities said.
Muhammad Fahim, 44, of the 6100 block of North Washtenaw Avenue, faces three counts of unlawful restraint for the July 4 incident that began with him allegedly picking up the 19-year-old victim through the ride-share phone app.
Chicago police stopped Fahim’s vehicle late Thursday for a traffic violation in the 500 block of North Dearborn Street. But when the officers checked his name, they were alerted to the July 4 incident involving the young woman, and Fahim was later charged.
In that incident, the 19-year-old victim requested an Uber, but her logged request was somehow deleted, prosecutors said. When the woman volunteered to pay cash, Fahim instead demanded sex from her, Assistant State’s Attorney Mikah Soliunas told the court.
When she refused, Fahim repeatedly locked the car’s doors and refused to let her out unless she gave in to his demands, Soliunas said. When Fahim’s car finally slowed in traffic, the woman jumped from the moving vehicle, authorities said. There was no indication that the woman was injured.
A spokesman with the ride-share app called the rider’s story “troubling” and said Fahim has been removed as a driver while Uber officials look into the matter.
Fahim, dressed in a green striped shirt and wearing eyeglasses, said nothing during the brief hearing.
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