Uber Driver Arrested For Sexual Battery, Kidnapping
Police in Jupiter Florida have arrested Uber driver Gary Kitchings, 57, and charged him with kidnapping, sexual battery and burglary. He is accused of picking up an Uber fare at SunFest early Sunday and sexually assaulting her at her Jupiter home
According to a police affidavit, the woman told investigators she’d arrived in the West Palm Beach area Saturday to attend SunFest and accessed Uber through its smartphone app at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
(Gary Kitchings, arrested Monday by Jupiter Police)
She said Kitchings told her he had a gun under the seat and would kill her if she didn’t do what he wanted. He then forced the woman into a sex act, according to the affidavit.
Kitchings later drove to her home, pushed her inside, threatened her again, and raped her in her bed.
Haggard Law Firm attorney Todd Michaels says he isn’t surprised to hear of the violent attach “unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. As Uber continues to be solely concerned with growing its market share, safety continues to be placed on the back burner.”
Michaels adds, “Uber fails to meet any of the safety standards–both in terms of driving safety and physical safety–that we would expect from a company with whom we entrust our lives and those of our loved ones.”
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