Alejandro Done, 46, of Boston, was arraigned on charges of rape, assault to rape, kidnapping, and two counts of assault and battery. Police are unaware if Done used information he obtained due to his position at Uber to target the victim.
A judge ordered that the defendant be held until a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Dec. 24.
“We allege that this defendant picked up a young woman, presenting himself as the driver for a ride-sharing service, and then drove her to a secluded location where he beat and sexually assaulted her,” said District Attorney Ryan in a recent release. “This alleged predator took advantage of a young woman who trusted that he was who he portrayed himself to be and exploited her vulnerability once he had her in his car.”
At about 7:30 on Dec. 6, officials say that the defendant allegedly drove up to a home on Tremon Street where a young woman was waiting for an Uber driver. The driver asked the woman for a cash payment and he stopped at an ATM for her. The defendant then drove the victim to a secluded area and jumped in the backseat with the her. He allegedly locked the car doors so she couldn't escape and covered her mouth so she wasn't able to scream before hitting and strangling her. He also allegedly sexually assaulted her during the struggle, police say.
Cambridge Police say they identified the defendant as the driver of the car through the ride-sharing service company records and the victim was able to confirm that he was the person who assaulted her.
Kaitlin Durkosh, Uber spokesperson, said, "This is a despicable crime and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim during her recovery. Uber has been working closely with law enforcement and will continue to do everything we can to assist their investigation."