Police: Man posing as Uber driver charged with raping student

Tim Darnell
WXIA-TV, Atlanta
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ATHENS, Ga. --  A man who posed as an Uber driver was charged with rape and sexual battery after attacking two women, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Emerson Redd was arrested early Saturday morning when police recognized him from a series of photos, as well from a traffic stop the night before. According to police, a 21-year-old student got into Redd's vehicle early Friday after mistaking Redd's vehicle for her Uber. 

The woman became suspicious after she noticed that the Uber was missing a GPS device, so she took photos of Redd. After Redd touched her inappropriately, she demanded that he let her go, which he did, AP reported. 

Around an hour later, police said Redd picked up another female passenger while pretending to be an Uber driver. The victim soon realized he was not an Uber driver and asked to be let out of the car, but was raped before being released by the driver.

The suspect was only identified as a black male.

Athens-Clarke County Police Capt. Jerry Saulters said the 21-year-old student reached out to police after police posted a notice about the rape on Facebook, AP reported. She said the driver also touched "her private parts," according to police before she was able to escape. The victim also gave police four photographs she took of the suspect while in the car.

The photos were then distributed to police, and an officer recognized Redd from a traffic stop she conducted the night before when she pulled over a Chrysler Pacifica for having no headlights on.

The same officer noticed the vehicle around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and pulled Redd over. Police said Redd agreed to speak to detectives and afterward was charged with rape.

Contributing: AP