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Franklin police investigating claims that alleged Uber driver sexually assaulted woman

Posted at 6:52 PM, Dec 21, 2020

FRANKLIN — An alleged Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he picked up in downtown Milwaukee.

The victim went to Franklin Police Sunday to report the alleged sexual assault.

Franklin Police say the woman told investigators she was intoxicated Friday night in Milwaukee and used the Uber app to order a ride home.

She told police the driver picked her up on Old World Third Street downtown Milwaukee and drove her to a motel on 27th Street in Franklin.

Franklin Police say no one has been arrested. They would not answer if a suspect has been identified or interviewed.

Investigators are also gathering records from Uber.

An Uber spokeswoman sent us this email statement: “This is deeply upsetting, and has no place in the Uber Community or anywhere else. We are fully cooperating with the Franklin Police Department and will provide any information that will be helpful for their investigation."

The company spokeswoman also shared these safety tips for anyone using their app:

  • Check Your Ride:
    • We encourage riders to confirm the details they are provided within the app -- make and model, license plate, and driver photo - before getting in a vehicle.
  • Trusted Contacts:
    • Riders can choose to be prompted automatically to share their trip with loved ones.
  • Emergency button for riders and drivers:
    • If a rider or driver uses the emergency button in one of these cities, our tech and partnership with Rapid SOS enables key trip details to be digitally sent to 911 dispatchers including the caller's name, make and model of the Uber car, license plate, and GPS.

Sgt. Jeremy Fadness of the Franklin Police Department issued a statement saying, "From our investigation at this point...the sexual assault suspect is not an active Uber driver. Uber does not have any record of a request or a pickup on record.”

The spokeswoman also adds, “…we have been in contact with this rider and have provided her with resources for The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) via the Uber Survivor Resources Hotline and Fund. This dedicated Hotline will offer immediate, confidential and trauma-informed support for survivors reporting critical sexual assault incidents related to the Uber app.”

Stay with TMJ4 News as we continue to follow this developing story.

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