Bridgeport Uber driver charged with sexual assault of Darien woman in Stamford
STAMFORD — A former Uber driver from Bridgeport has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an intoxicated Darien woman who he picked up outside of a Stamford bar in early February, police said.
Nour Awad, 38, of East Main Street, was charged with second-degree sexual assault of a physically helpless person and was released Tuesday after posting a $50,000 court-appearance bond. He told police that he is now driving for Lyft.
Both ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft said they have banned Awad from their platforms.
Sgt. Christian DiCarlo said the investigation into Awad began Feb. 2 when a 27-year-old Darien woman went to the Stamford Hospital emergency room and said she had been sexually assaulted by an on-call driver the night before.
DiCarlo said the woman had been drinking with friends in downtown Stamford and a friend called an Uber car for her to bring her home to Darien. The woman, who was very intoxicated, met the car outside a Bedford Street bar. But the driver only got as far as the 1000 block of Hope Street in Springdale where he pulled off into a rear parking lot and began sexually assaulting the passed-out woman, DiCarlo said.
The woman came around, figured out what was happening, was able to fight Awad off and got out of the car and called a friend. The woman went home for a short time and then went to Stamford Hospital in the morning. “She was obviously out of it and from the beginning she was not a willing participant,” DiCarlo said.
DiCarlo said investigators were able to find video of when the woman was picked up and matched it to Awad’s car. The friend who called the Uber for the Darien woman was also able to show the Uber profile of the driver and car that matched up to Awad, DiCarlo said.
When police went to Bridgeport to talk to him and bring him to Stamford two days after the incident, he agreed. But Awad quickly pulled over on his way to Stamford and told them that his lawyer told him not to meet with police in Stamford.
DiCarlo said police seized the car and processed the vehicle for evidence.
DiCarlo said the DNA collected from the woman at Stamford Hospital matched samples taken from Awad.
Awad is scheduled to be arraigned July 30.