Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bogus Uber Leads To Robbery In Lakeview; Woman Says She Was Groped By Uber Pool Passenger In River North

A Logan Square man was robbed in Lakeview on Saturday when he got into a car that he believed was his Uber. And a Minnesota woman told police that she was groped by a stranger during an Uber Pool ride downtown. Here is what we’ve learned:

Police said that just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, a 26-year-old Logan Square man got into a dark-colored sedan in the 800 block of West Diversey believing that it was his Uber ride. Instead, there were two men inside who demanded that the victim hand over his belongings, according to police. The victim said he complied with their demands and jumped out of the moving vehicle as it approached a stop sign in the 2800 block of North Sheffield. Police said the victim was able to grab some of his property back before he jumped from the car, but the two men still managed to get away with his credit cards.

Dirty Pool

Mesbah | Chicago Police Dept
A 40-year-old woman from rural Minnesota told police that she was groped by a male passenger who was assigned to share her Uber Pool ride in River North on May 25.

Police said the woman was picked up by Uber Pool around 2:30 a.m. in front of LiqrBox, 873 North Orleans. She settled into the back seat behind another Uber Pool customer who was sitting in the front passenger seat, according to police records.

Before the car even pulled away, the front seat passenger allegedly reached back, put his hand under the woman’s skirt, and into her undergarment, according to court filings. The woman stepped out of the car and called the police.

Hossain Mesbah, 28, of Springfield, IL, was charged with simple battery and released on a recognizance bond. He is due back in court on July 19.

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