Woman kidnapped, assaulted in Uber car in Northeast D.C.

Uber driver with customer, Monday, May 11, 2015. (WJLA photo)

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - D.C. police are asking for help finding a man they say assaulted and kidnapped a woman while driving a car with an Uber decal.

It happened around 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the area of 13th and G streets northeast after police say the woman accepted a ride in the black, four-door sedan with an Uber decal on the rear passenger vent window.

Police say the driver assaulted the woman with the intent to commit a sexual attack, and then refused to let her get out of the car. Police did not say how the woman got away.

The suspect is described as an adult Middle Eastern male, with a light complexion, a slim build, and short black hair with a widow's peak.

Uber says it is "urgently looking into this serious report" and it is reaching out to police to offer assistance.

The woman flagged down the driver on the street which violated company policy. Uber said customers have to call drivers using the company app for service.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an assault committed in the District of Columbia.

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