The honest taxi drivers of New Orleans should turn in one of their peers who sexually assaulted a woman he was driving through the east Carrollton area early Thursday, so that their profession’s reputation does not suffer from his misdeeds, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said Friday afternoon.
“Cab drivers are good, professional, hardworking people,” Serpas said at a mid-afternoon news conference. “You know who this guy is. You know who he is. Tell him to turn himself in; we’re coming to get him.”
In his remarks, Serpas offered several new details of the incident. The 20-year-old woman was picked up by the cab outside an establishment on Tchoupitoulas Street, but passed out in the backseat, and woke up to find the driver sexually assaulting her, Serpas said. No weapon was used, but it was a sexual assault, he said.
Afterward, the driver dropped the woman off at a second location. Serpas praised the victim’s “very good decisions” to go to a medical facility immediately and notify police.
Serpas said investigators are sure the vehicle was a marked taxi cab, but declined to say whether the cab company has been identified. He said they are also working with the taxi industry to see if any of the recent reforms that have been instituted will help solve the case.
The incident’s reported location is the 7600 block of Plum Street, but Serpas declined to specify whether that is where the attack occurred or where the woman was dropped off.