Police: Female victim at AU accuses man she thought was Uber driver of sexual assault
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Police say a man posing as an Uber driver sexually assaulted a woman on the American University campus early Sunday morning.
According to Uber, suspect El Houcine Jourhdaly of Springfield hadn’t driven for them since 2015, when the company kicked him off the app for reasons a spokesperson said she couldn’t go into.
The 36-year-old Jourhdaly is charged with first-degree sexual abuse.
DC Superior Court records indicate the victim and her boyfriend believed Jourdhaly had canceled an Uber ride with someone else, so they flagged him down and paid him in cash.
The records say after arriving at American University, Jourhdaly either kicked the boyfriend out of the car or sped away while he’d stepped outside of it.
He then allegedly drove the female to an area near Asbury Hall and a dormitory and told her to get out of the car. That’s when the court records say he sexually assaulted her.
Read the full police report below.
Those court records say surveillance video shows the boyfriend being dropped off on campus, then the driver grabbing the female in the upper body. The car then goes to a dorm lot where no cameras were able to capture what happened next.
The court records indicate that an Uber sticker could be seen on the Honda Civic when it exited the campus. The car exited the campus less than a half hour after it arrived at 3:17 a.m. Sunday.
The records say Jourdhaly indicated to police that what happened was consensual.
Neither American University nor police would confirm if the victim is a student.
The Metropolitan Police Department says it’s important to always use an app to book a ride-sharing service like Uber rather than pay in cash.
Authorities say to make sure the license plate and vehicle description on the app match the car that you are getting into, and also to make sure the driver has the same name and matches their picture on the app.
This story has been updated