“Sit in the front,” Uber driver Adnan Nafasat (pictured) told the male passenger in the early morning hours of July 31.
But Nafasat was hardly being a gentleman, prosecutors told a Cook County court on Wednesday.
The 46-year-old driver allegedly told the 21-year-old passenger the back seat was dirty in an effort to lure the young man closer so he could violently sexually assault him.
According to Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Cooper, once the passenger was in the front seat, Nafasat, a married father of three, grabbed the young man’s crotch and put his tongue and fingers in his mouth.
The passenger begged Nafasat to stop then asked to be taken home, to which he replied he “was not going home” and that “nobody knew where he was.”
At a traffic light, Nafasat then grabbed the passenger by the throat and started choking him, nearly knocking him unconscious. After breaking free from his attacker’s grip, the passenger tried to jump from the vehicle, but Nafasat was driving too fast.
Nafasat then allegedly drove the young man to an unfamiliar neighborhood, where he parked the car, unzipped his trousers, and tried to force him to perform oral sex on him.
The young man pushed away and, again, begged to be taken home. This time, Nafasat complied.
Upon arriving home, the passenger contacted police. Nafasat was taken into custody, where he admitted to groping the male customer and exposing himself.
On Wednesday, Judge James Brown ordered Nafasat be held in lieu of $150,000 bail on charges of criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and kidnapping.
Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin told press, “Our thoughts are with the victim of this horrible incident. We immediately removed the driver from our platform upon learning of the allegations and have been assisting authorities with the investigation.”