Uber driver accused of kidnapping, assault, fraudulent use of credit card

The driver kidnapped his customer before assaulting her.

COLLEGE PARK, MD (WUSA9) - An Uber driver was accused of kidnapping and assaulting a customer.

Police said Westagne Pierre picked up a woman in Washington, D.C., on October 18, but instead of dropping her off at home, he took her to a hotel in College Park.

According to charging documents, the victim and a friend were at a bar when the victim "experienced an alcoholic-induced blackout."

The woman's friend called for an Uber, and Pierre was the driver, police said.

Pierre allegedly picked the victim up in D.C. and the friend entered the victim's address in the app. Pierre reportedly drove the victim to her home in Fairfax, Virginia, but instead of dropping her off – he turned around and drove to a motel in College Park, Maryland.

Court documents said Pierre went to a Budget Inn on Branchville Road and left the victim in his car while he checked in.

Pierre is seen on surveillance video leaving the lobby, walking back to his car, and pulling the victim out of the back seat, according to charging documents.

"The Defendant then lifts the victim into the air, and wraps his arms around her so her feet are not touching the ground,” the documents said. “The Defendant then carries the motionless Victim toward room 109 and enters into the room."

"After spending some time in the room with the Victim," police said Pierre left and headed to a nearby 7-Eleven, when he used the victim's credit card to purchase $14 worth of goods.

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Sources in the police department said when the victim woke up she immediately called police. Uber said she notified them directly soon after.

In a statement provided to WUSA9, a spokesperson for Uber called the allegations "deeply upsetting."

"The driver has been banned from the app and we are working closely with police to support their investigation," the statement said.

The spokesperson said Pierre began working with them in April and passed all of their background checks.

Pierre was charged with kidnapping, second-degree assault, and fraudulently using a credit card.

The investigation remains active and additional charges are pending, police said.

Pierre faces up 40 years behind bars.


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