An Asheville woman told police a man who posed as a driver from a ride-sharing service wanted more than her money.
The Asheville Police Department said it is looking for the fake driver-for-hire who is accused of attempting to kidnap and rape the 29-year-old.
The woman declined to comment for this report.
Asheville police say the incident happened around 1:45 a.m. on July 24 on North Street. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s with a goatee. He speaks Spanish and broken English.
“This is the first report of an instance like this that we have right now,” Asheville police spokesperson Christina Hallingse told WLOS.
Across the state, a Wake County woman says she encountered a fake Uber driver in Raleigh in February.
When Lynn Parker, an Apex mother, left a birthday party in downtown Raleigh around midnight, a man pulled up next to her, rolled down his window and asked if she needed an Uber, ABC11 reported.
“I immediately thought this is not how Uber works. This is a little suspicious to me,” Parker said. “So I said to him, 'No, I don't think this is how Uber works.' And he said, 'Well I just haven't ordered my sticker yet.' And I said, 'No, that's not how it works, I don't need a ride.'"
Worried, Parker went back inside. A week later she saw a news report about a woman who was sexually assaulted in downtown.
"I saw that story on the news and I thought, 'Wow, that guy looks really strangely similar to the same guy that pulled up and pretended he was an Uber driver to see if I would get in his car,'" Parker said.
Asheville police recommend ride-share users confirm the description of the car, the license plate and the name of the driver provided by the ride-share program. They also recommend using the “send status” feature offered by ride-share services which allows users to share the map of the route and time of arrival with friends and family.
If you have any information on the Asheville incident, contact the Asheville police at (828) 252-1110.