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Fake Uber driver sexually assaulted woman, police say

A woman says the she was forced to pay the fake Uber driver in cash after he sexually assaulted her.

The Ottawa Police Service needs the public's help in identifying a suspect in a reported sexual assault. 

Earlier this week a woman in her 20s got a ride from a man who said he was an Uber driver. The woman told police the man sexually assaulted her once she got into the car, and then directed her to a nearby ATM to get cash to pay him.

He followed her to the cash machine and when she gave him money, he left.

The woman then called police.

Police are looking for a man with light brown skin, about 6' 0'', 180 lbs, with short dark hair, shaved at the sides.

Investigators are concerned a suspect may be targeting women who leaving downtown bars and restaurants and who appear to be drunk, and have determined this incident is not linked to other similar crimes reported in December 2017, and January 2018.

Police remind people to confirm their Uber driver's identity before getting into a car, and that all transactions are done through the app.

Uber drivers are not paid in cash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service tip line at 613-236-1222, ext. 5760 or email: mcm@ottawapolice.ca.

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