A former Massachusetts Uber taxi driver has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and rape of a woman that dates back to December, 2014.
According to ABC News, 47-year-old Alejandro Done plead guilty on Friday to the charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping, and assault and battery that stemmed from an attack which reportedly took place on December 6, 2014.
Uber is a platform where users can easily find a ride to or from many locations worldwide. The platform, which also is a popular app for many smartphone users, was founded back in 2009, and while it has become a popular form of transportation for many, it has proven a dangerous one for some, both riders and drivers.
The Inquisitr reported at the time that Done was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who had arranged for a pick up by using the Uber taxi service. At the time, investigators stated that Done had picked up the unnamed woman after she had hired him via Uber to take her back to her home in Cambridge.
Once Done had arrived to pick up the woman, he allegedly stated that the woman would have to pay him in cash and after she agreed, he reportedly took her to an ATM where she withdrew some money. It was at that point that Done allegedly took the woman to a secluded location and sexually assaulted her.
At the time of Done’s arrest, he initially pleaded not guilty to all charges, which included rape and kidnapping. According to the Daily Mail, it was DNA that proved the former Uber driver guilty of the attack on the woman in 2014, but it reportedly also links him to another five cases. The other alleged attacks reportedly took place between 2006 through 2010.
While unfortunate, there have been many cases of Uber drivers who have been accused and or found guilty of attacking their clients in some form or another throughout the years. According to the popular site, Jezebel, one Uber client took to SFist to share their story of an Uber driver which threatened to not only rape, but also kill her.
The user identified themselves as Eve Batey, and stated that after an evening dinner with some colleagues, she tried multiple ways to make her way home. Finally, she decided to open up the Uber app and hailed a ride that way. Shortly after getting a ride confirmation, Batey received a phone call from her hired driver. While he claimed to be at the agreed upon pick-up location, Batey insisted that he wasn’t, and instead of calmly trying to figure things out, she alleged that her driver lashed out at her.
“No you’re not, I am at 400 Duboce Avenue and you are not there. Where the f**k are you? What kind of person isn’t there when they call an Uber?”
It was at that point that Batey decided that she would be canceling her ride with the Uber driver, citing that she felt uncomfortable getting into a car with a driver that would start swearing at her. Once Batey hung up the phone, she proceeded to use the Uber app to cancel her ride, but a few moments later, her phone rings again, and when she picked it up, she noticed a black sedan start to drive up in her direction. The caller on the phone was her now ex-Uber driver.
It was at that point the male driver threatened to not only rape her, but after he yells at her to cancel her ride, which she already did, he threatens not only her safety, but her life.
“You f**king b***h, I’m going to find you, rape you, and kill you.”
It was at that point that Batey called the police, all the while the Uber driver is driving back and forth in front of her and idling his car nearby. Not long after, police showed up, and the driver was long gone. While Batey was only threatened, had she actually gotten into the car, it could have been a lot worse.
Sadly, while Uber can be a helpful tool for many, it has proven time and time again to be a potential danger, and like with any cab/taxi service, users need to use their best judgment before getting into a vehicle with someone they do not know.
In the case of former Massachusetts Uber driver Alejandro Done, he will be serving between 10 to 12 years in prison for aggravated rape, kidnapping, and assault and battery.