Ex-Lyft driver accused of assaulting Chicago-area passenger

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — A former Lyft ride-hailing driver is free on bond after being accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger in suburban Chicago.

Alexander Sowa of Wheeling was arrested Thursday, the same day he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman who later escaped his ride share car in Mount Prospect. The 34-year-old Sowa was also charged with kidnapping for allegedly holding the woman captive in the vehicle. He was released Tuesday after posting bail set at $10,000.

The alleged victim told authorities she had been drinking and called for a Lyft vehicle to take her from Elk Grove Village to Des Plaines. Instead he allegedly drove her to a Mount Prospect garage, where he sexually assaulted her.

It wasn't immediately known if Sowa has an attorney.

In a statement, Lyft said the driver was immediately and permanently banned from its community. It also said the company reached out to the woman "to express our support."


Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast