- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CHICAGO - A driver for the ride-sharing service Uber has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a passenger in Chicago.

Cook County prosecutors say 46-year-old Adnan Nafasat of suburban Villa Park overpowered and choked a 21-year-old passenger during a July 31 attack.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Cooper said at a bond hearing Wednesday that Nafasat refused the man’s pleas to take him home.

The driver’s attorney, Carey Crimmins, said in court that Nafasat owns a business and drives to supplement his income.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1xZSAyM ) that Nafasat was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin says the company has removed Nafasat from its platform and is assisting investigators.

It was the second time in two weeks that a driver was charged with assaulting an Uber passenger in Chicago.

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