Police: Woman was not raped by Uber driver



A woman told police she was raped by an Uber driver, but Seattle police said late Monday afternoon that the driver was not employed by Uber.

About 3:15 a.m. Sunday, police responded after a woman went to a Capitol Hill home asking for help, saying someone had raped her. The resident looked outside, saw a crying woman she didn't know and called police.

When police arrived they found the woman with abrasions on both knees and her blouse looked as if it had been ripped open. The woman said she was visiting from Texas and had a room at the Edgewater Hotel.

The woman said she'd gotten an Uber about 2 a.m. to go to her fiancé’s apartment on John Street, but told police the Uber driver started taking her the wrong way. A police spokesman said Monday that after investigating they found "zero connection to Uber."

Police said the woman had taken an Uber, but not when she was raped. It was not clear why the woman blamed Uber.

The woman “said the driver pulled over to an unknown park and pulled her from the cab,” according to an incident report. “The suspect then told (the victim) that he would not hurt her if she did what he said.”

The woman was raped, then got back into the cab and begged the driver to drop her off anywhere, according to the incident report.

Police asked the woman if she had the Uber e-mail receipt on her cell phone and she did, showing it to an investigating office, according to the report. The woman told police the man drove a red SUV but was unable to provide other descriptions of the man. There was a driver name on the receipt.

Investigators did not elaborate.

The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a sexual assault examination.

An Uber spokeswoman in Seattle said Sunday night she could not find a trip that matched the case description and that the company had not been contacted by police.

But the company is “more than happy to cooperate should they reach out to us,” spokeswoman Brooke Steger said in an e-mail. “Our top priority is always safety of riders, drivers and residents.”

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