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Lyft driver accused of raping Zionsville woman before driving her home

Posted at 8:52 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 14:57:46-04

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – A Lyft driver is accused of raping a woman in Boone County.

Zionsville Police Detective Elizabeth Frost said driver Nour Baber Mahmoud Albadri, 22, allegedly pulled over his vehicle just outside of Zionsville and raped a 23-year-old passenger. Police said the victim managed to record the incident on her cell phone.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Albadri picked up the passenger around 4 a.m. on September 16. He began talking inappropriately to the passenger before pulling over, locking the doors and leaning on top of her. He touched her inappropriately while the victim pleaded for him to stop, which he eventually did. Alabdri can then be heard apologizing redundantly in the recording the victim took of the incident.

Frost said after the incident, Albadri, who is originally from Jordan, drove the woman to her home in Zionsville.

An investigation began and Albadri was arrested Friday in Indianapolis. 

The owner of the gas station where Albadri worked said the man gave notice last week that he was quitting, but that he was still working there when police came to arrest him.

Courtney Harness told RTV6 she used ride sharing apps and has gone on rides by herself before, but that she is now reconsidering that.

“I normally let someone know where I’m going and normally when I’m get there I let them know I made it,” Harness said. “But I probably won’t ride by myself anymore. Maybe if one or two people were with me.”

Following his arrest, Albadri was taken to the Boone County Jail with a bond set at $250,000 as the judge feared he would leave the country.

Albadri was charged with rape, criminal confinement and two counts of sexual battery.

Lyft released a statement on the incident:

These allegations are horrific and very upsetting. There is no tolerance for behavior like this in the Lyft community, and we take these claims very seriously. As soon as we were made aware of this incident, we immediately deactivated the driver’s account. We have reached out to the passenger to offer our support and assistance, and have been in communication with authorities.

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