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Man Pretending To Be A Chicago Uber Driver Sexually Assaulted 2 Women: Police

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Mar 22, 2017 2:40PM

Musaab Afandi, via the Skokie Police Department.

The Skokie Police Department has charged a suburban man with sexually assaulting two women, whom he picked up in his car in Chicago while pretending to be their Uber driver.

The man, Musaab Afandi, 33, of Glenview, was denied bond in Cook County Criminal Bond Court Tuesday after being charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, according to a release from the police department. The assaults allegedly took place on Feb. 12 at 4:38 a.m. and March 19 at 3:33 a.m.

In each instance, police responded to 911 calls from women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by a man who was impersonating an Uber driver. In each case, the women were picked up outside different bars or nightclubs in Chicago after they ordered Ubers. Afandi reportedly took them to Skokie, where he assaulted them in his car. The women were able to give police identifying information which led to Afandi's arrest.

Uber confirmed to NBC that Afandi is not an Uber driver.

Skokie police recommend that passengers using ride-hailing services should take precautions before getting in a car, including verifying the identity of the driver before getting in the car, waiting for the car inside, rather than outside, and sharing trip details with friends or family members during the ride: