Seattle Police say they are looking for a driver after a woman was attacked and raped inside her Capitol Hill apartment Sunday.
According to police, the victim said the attack happened after a Seattle ride-share driver “forced a woman into a Capitol Hill apartment and sexually assaulted her for hours” after picking her up Sunday afternoon.
Below is the SPD brief on the attack and investigation.
Police tell CHS that additional information like the physical description of the driver and the ride service he was driving for are not currently being released per the discretion of the investigating detectives.
Police Investigating Ride-Share Driver for Rape
Police are investigating a report that a Seattle ride-share driver forced a woman into a Capitol Hill apartment and sexually assaulted her for hours on Sunday.
Shortly after the victim, a woman in her 20s, was picked up by the ride-share on Capitol Hill on Sunday afternoon, the driver cancelled her ride and told her she would not be charged. He then reportedly drove her to an apartment near the 1700 block of Summit Avenue on Capitol Hill and forced her into an apartment, where he raped her for several hours until she was able to get away.
The woman contacted police the following day and investigators are now working with victim and the ride-share company to confirm the identity of the suspect.
SPD is urging customers of services like Uber and Lyft “to be aware of any attempts by a driver to cancel a ride while you are in the vehicle” and to “ensure the vehicle and driver match with any notifications you receive from the ride-share company.”
“If you have a crime to report involving a ride-share driver, please call police and file a complaint with the ride-share company as soon as possible so the driver’s information will be flagged for authorities,” SPD says.