Alexander Sowa Illinois Lyft driver accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting female passenger. Car app share riding service responds.
An Illinois Lyft driver has been accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting (twice) a female passenger in what prosecutors have described as a ‘hellish ordeal’.
Alexander Sowa, 34, of Wheeling in filed documents is alleged to have picked up a woman in Elk Grove Village who asked to be taken to an address in Des Plaines late Thursday. Instead of driving the female passenger to her desired location, Sowa allegedly took the woman, who had been drinking, to another location in Elk Grove Village where he sexually assaulted her, police said.
Sowa then drove the woman to a parking lot in Mount Prospect, where he sexually assaulted her a second time. The victim managed to escape Sowa’s vehicle and found someone who called cops for her, Mount Prospect police said in a statement.
‘She was going and trying to take a safe ride somewhere and unfortunately this person victimized her,’ Mount Prospect Police Officer Greg Sill told WLS-TV.
Alexander Sowa Lyft driver: Fired and homeless.
Sowa appeared in court Tuesday in Rolling Meadows, where his bond was set at $10,000 under the condition that he be placed on electronic home monitoring if released from custody. But the Lyft driver, who has since been fired, is homeless and has no permanent address.
A spokesman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department said just two facilities in the county accept homeless inmates who have been ordered to undergo pre-trial electronic monitoring, but neither of those locations takes suspects charged with sexual assault. Sowa is likely to remain jailed until his trial.
Lyft has since responded with the following statement, ‘Safety is our top priority,’
Adding, ‘The behavior described is deeply disturbing and absolutely unacceptable. We have been in touch with law enforcement to offer our assistance with their investigation.’
Bond was set at $10K with Sowa scheduled to return to court on May 30.