An Uber driver was arrested by police in Chengdu, Sichuan province after being accused of pulling a knife on a female passenger, robbing her and then molesting her.
The incident occurred weeks ago but was only recently reported, according to Reuters, which cites the local Chengdu Business News. A 42-year-old woman hailed an Uber car at around 2:00 a.m. During the ride, the driver stopped in a tunnel and took a knife to the woman, robbing her of more than 5,000 yuan.
He then drove off to a secluded area and molested her, taking photos and threatening to use them against her should she go to the police.
The woman waited around two weeks to report the attack on August 9, and the unidentified driver was arrested two days later.
Safety concerns over ride-share apps in China were high after a similar attack was reported in June. A 21-year-old woman said she’d been picked up after a night out on May 29 and was taken to a hotel room and raped. However, the woman wasn’t able to recall which car app she’d used.
Several cases like this have also been reported outside of China. A 26-year-old woman in New Delhi sued Uber after she was raped by one of its drivers in December. The ride-hailing service was temporarily banned.
The two most popular apps in the Chinese market include Didi Kuaidi, backed by Alibaba and Tencent, and the San Francisco-based online firm Uber.
Chinese regulators have already been cracking down on Uber, including carrying out raids on both its Guangzhou and Chengdu offices.