Hamilton Police are investigating two incidents where women were sexually assaulted by a man claiming to be an Uber driver.
Detectives from the Hamilton Police Sexual Assault Unit say the incidents, which occurred in the city’s East End, appear to be related.
Police say they are working closely with Uber in this investigation and have yet to confirm if the man was, in fact, a rideshare driver or if the man was posing as an Uber driver.
On Thursday, August 20, 2020, police say a woman was walking in the area of Barton Street East and Gage Avenue North when a man in a vehicle approached her.
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The man identified himself as an Uber driver and offered a free ride.
Once the woman was inside the car, the man sexually assaulted her before dropping her off at her destination.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, a woman was walking in the area of Parkdale and Queenston when she was approached by a man in a car who claimed to be an Uber driver.
The man then reportedly offered a free ride and once the woman was inside the vehicle the man sexually assaulted her before dropping her off at her destination.
Hamilton police have provided the following suspect description:
- 5’5”-5’6” in height
- Thin build
- Short black hair
- White button-up shirt
- Dark coloured pants
- Wears eyeglasses
The vehicle is described as:
- Medium-sized sedan
The Hamilton Police Service Victims of Crime Unit continue to investigate and are encouraging any individuals and witnesses with further information to contact Detective Phil Hedgcock of the Sexual Assault Unit at (905) 540-5544.
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.
Sharing the details of this assault is intended to provide the community information, and people are encouraged to trust their instincts, police say in a news release.
For confidential support, please call the Sexual Assault Centre’s 24-hour support line at (905)525-4162; connect at www.sacha.ca, the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at www.hhsc.ca/sadv or the Centre de santé communautaire www.cschn.ca.