NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A man has been arrested in connection to the abduction and sexual assault of an Uber driver last month in Norfolk.
According to police, officers responded on Mar. 31 around 6 a.m. in the 1800 block of E. Little Creek Rd. for a report of a ride-share driver who had been carjacked.
When officers arrived on the scene, they spoke with a woman who said a passenger had entered her car armed with a gun and started making demands.
Police say the woman was eventually able to run away from the car, but as she ran, the passenger fired his gun. The woman was not shot and she was able to get help.
The man then drove off with her car.
Police arrested 24-year-old Johnathan C. Batey on Apr. 6 and charged him with abduction, carjacking, rape, attempted malicious wounding, attempted robbery, and use of a firearm.
Batey is in the Norfolk City Jail without bond.
An Uber spokesperson released a statement saying, “It pains us to hear the horrific details of this case, and our primary concern is helping the driver get the support she deserves. We banned the rider from the platform as soon as this was reported to us and have been in touch with law enforcement throughout their investigation.”