Uber driver found guilty of raping passenger in College Park

WASHINGTON — A former Uber driver is facing 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of second-degree rape for the October assault on one of his passengers, who prosecutors said passed out after a night of drinking.

After a night out in D.C. on Oct. 18, 2016, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said the then 32-year-old victim’s date put her in an UberPool bound for her home in Fairfax, Virginia.

The driver of that car was identified by two women, who later declined to get into the UberPool driven by Westagne Pierre, of Greenbelt, Maryland.

“There were two other ladies who saw the lady passed out in the back of the car declined the Uber, but that allowed us to have them identify the car,” Alsobrooks said.

Blocks from the victim’s home, the driver turned off the meter, Alsobrooks said. But then, he got on the highway and drove to a Days Inn in College Park, Maryland, where he rented a hotel room.

Pierre is seen on hotel surveillance video carrying the victim’s limp body to the hotel room, according to prosecutors.

“She was taken to a hotel room, forcibly raped in that hotel room and the Uber driver left her there,” Alsobrooks said.

Ten minutes later, he is seen leaving the room and driving away from the hotel and later is seen on surveillance video entering a nearby 7-Eleven, where he used the victim’s credit card to make a purchase, prosecutors said.

Pierre then returned to the hotel room, stayed an additional 10 minutes and left, prosecutors said.

The victim woke up the next morning and called police when she could not figure out how she ended up at the hotel.

Pierre will be sentenced in October.

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report. 

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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