TPD arrest 2 men on charges of sexual assault related to posing as ride-share service drivers

Men posed as ride-share service drivers

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Tucson Police Department Adult Sexual Assault Unit arrested two males on multiple charges related to sexual assault.

In a press release, TPD said Abdifatah Muktar, 23, and Berhan Hiabu, 22, posed as ride-share service drivers.

In the first incident, a female requested a ride-share service to take her home. Muktar responded and drove her home. Once at her home, Muktar claimed she made a mess inside the car and demanded payment. The female offered to have the car cleaned at a car wash. At the car wash, the female did not find a mess and requested a ride back home.

Muktar declined but offered a different ride-share service to pick her up. Muktar called Hiabu, who drove the victim to a secluded area and attempted to sexually assault her. She was able to escape and call 911.

In a second incident, a female requested a ride-share service to get her home. Hiabu saw the female waiting by the side of the road. He told her he worked for a ride-share service and offered her a free ride. She accepted. Hiabu went to a secluded area and attempted to sexually assault her. She was able to escape and call 911.

Police were able to arrest the two without incident. They are booked in the Pima County jail.

This investigation is on-going. If you have any information about this case, please call 911 or 88-Crime.

 

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