Man accused of sexually assaulting Uber driver near Uptown

- A man has been arrested in connection to the rape of an Uber driver over the weekend outside Uptown Charlotte.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, a 31-year-old female Uber driver picked up a man about 1:27 a.m. Saturday, at a business in the 900 block of Albemarle Road. The Uber app was used for the pick up.

On the way to their intended location, investigators say the man forced the driver to perform undisclosed sex acts on him against her will. The suspect told the victim to pull over in the 1000 block of N. Graham Street where he raped her, police said. 

Following the assault, the driver was able to call 911.

Police say they arrested Jonathan Aquante Neal, 21, Tuesday morning at the corner of S. Caldwell Street and E. 4th Street in connection with the crime. He is charged with second degree sexual assault, second degree sexual offense, and sexual battery.

Neal was taken into the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. 

According to arrest records, Neal hasa previous criminal history, including a second degree rape charge from March 2016. 

Representatives from Uber told FOX 46 that Neal no longer has access to the app.

"Our thoughts are with out driver-partner during this difficult time. What was reported is disturbing beyond measure. We're grateful the suspect is in custody and thank the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for their work on this case," Uber said in a statement.

Uber launched an "emergency button" for riders in the Unites States and says it will soon be launched for drivers as well. 

Learn more about Uber's driver shared trip feature: https://www.uber.com/drive/safety/ 

 

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