A matter of happenstance led Lucky Cab Company in Las Vegas to discover surveillance footage of one of the company’s drivers sexually assaulting an intoxicated female passenger.
Abdul Based, 25, was arrested on Wednesday in connection to the Mar. 8 crime after the taxi service viewed the footage of Based’s cab to aid in the search for the victim’s lost cell phone. Based is currently behind bars at Clark County Jail on a charge of sexual assault.
Jason Awad, the owner of Lucky Cab Company was informed by the victim that she had ridden in one of Lucky Cab’s taxis the night of Mar. 8, where she believed she left her cell phone and purse. The woman, who was traveling to Henderson at the time, is a resident of the Vegas area.
Further investigation showed which taxicab was charged to the woman’s credit card, leading to Based’s vehicle. A viewing of the surveillance footage showed the woman falling asleep in the backseat, as Based leaned behind him and began inappropriately touching her.
After viewing additional footage to ensure no accompanying incidents occurred, Lucky Cab Company immediately surrendered the video to police. Based was immediately terminated from his post, but has denied any wrongdoing.
Awad revealed that the woman had been drinking prior to entering Based’s cab. Based is alleged to have asked the woman to sit in the passenger seat, though she declined. She then fell asleep in the back seat and awoke at her destination, paying Based a $40 maximum tip before exiting the vehicle.
“The person really did not know that he touched her improperly,” Awad said “He assaulted her. She was not really aware of the assault.”
H/T: The Washington Post
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