A Ukrainian migrant in California has been arrested and accused of sexually battering his Uber customer in the backseat of his car.
42-year-old Leonid Beker was driving the woman out of Oakland to visit some friends. The woman told police that as he was about to drop her off, he climbed into the backseat and pinned her down. He proceeded to sexually batter her for about 10 minutes.
She says she was able to collect herself enough during the incident to distract him and force him to let her go.
He dropped her off at her friend’s house where she was able to call for help.
The Daily Mail reports:
The Moraga Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday that 42-year-old Leonid Beker was taken into custody in his hometown of San Francisco on suspicion of sexual battery.
The alleged attack took place at around 1am on May 26 as Beker was driving the woman from Oakland to Moraga to visit friends.
The victim told police that before they reached her destination in Moraga, Beker stopped the car on Camino Ricardo, climbed into the back seat with the customer, pinned her down and sexually battered her for 10 minutes.
‘She was able to have the presence of mind to take some action to distract her attacker and make him stop,’ Moraga Police Chief John King told ABC7.
After the attack, the woman was dropped off at her friends’ house, where she called police to report the battery, according to East Bay Times.
Officers were able to identify Beker with the help of the victim and recently installed traffic cameras in Moraga. The San Francisco Police Department Special Victims Unit assisted with his capture.
On June 2, Beker was booked into the Contra Costa County jail in Martinez for felony sexual battery. He was later released after posting bail.
In a statement, an Uber spokesperson called the allegations against Beker ‘deeply troubling’ and said the driver has been removed from the ride-sharing service. The 42-year-old had no prior complaints from passengers.
According to a Linkedin profile associated with Leonid Beker, the San Francisco resident had worked as a software engineer with a music-making app.
Based on information posted on the networking site, Beker is an immigrant from the Ukraine who graduated from Kiev State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in business and finance.