A 21-year-old woman returning home to Harlem early Monday morning after drinking in Midtown says she got more than a ride from her cabbie. She says he pulled over near West 138th Street and Riverside Drive, climbed into the backseat with her and raped her. According to the Post's sources, when the woman begged him to stop he "simply snarled 'Come on, baby.'"
The incident allegedly occurred around 3:15 a.m. and the victim admits that she had blacked out inside the cab. The Post reports that after he raped her the driver then took the woman to her building, dropped her off and drove off. She later went to St. Luke's and was released after being treated. When contacted the NYPD told us they currently had no further information to add. When asked to comment on the story, the TLC declined without further information.
Taxi drivers have been accused of rape before. In 2004, the Manhattan DA chose not to press charges against a driver who had sex with a passenger after it came out it may have been consensual. In 2008, a 38-year-old woman says she was assualted by a cabbie going from the LES to Brooklyn and just this past May a female passenger in Williamsburg claimed she was raped by her driver while heading back to Manhattan.
In the meantime, if you have been drinking and are taking a cab home alone a good tip is to snap a picture of the driver's license and medallion number with your phone's camera right as you are getting in. Or, if you are putting an inebriated friend in a cab alone just quickly text them the cab's medallion number. It takes two seconds and you never know when it might come in handy.