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Banned Uber driver pretended to be working for the company when he raped female passenger

By Mason White 8:01 AM November 24, 2017
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A woman was raped after passing out in a car which she thought was an Uber.

The 21-year-old woman was out drinking with a male friend.

At 3:20 a.m., when the intoxicated pair left the bar, they got into a car that had an Uber sticker, which made them believe that he worked for the company.

The driver demanded cash up front and the two agreed. They paid and asked to be taken to the American University campus in Washington, D.C.

The driver, 36-year-old El Houcine Jourhdaly from Virginia, drove them to the campus. The male friend got out of the vehicle and left the passed out woman sitting in the front seat.

According to police, Jourhdaly, who had been banned from Uber two years ago, drove around the campus for about 10 minutes before going to a quiet parking lot.

He forced the woman out of the vehicle, he “bent her over and penetrated her against her will,” according to the police report.

Jourhdaly claimed that the sex was consensual.

He was charged with kidnapping and first-degree sex abuse. A judge dismissed the kidnapping charge. However, the judge said that the woman was too drunk to consent.