Woman Allegedly Sexually Assaulted By Man Victim Thought Was Uber Driver

Shapsly Silencieux is facing one count of sexual battery. Read more: https://cbsloc.al/3lq8nUT

Video Transcript

- And now to a CBS4 News safety alert-- a man appeared before a judge today, charged with sexual battery, after police say he raped a woman who got in his car, thinking he was her Uber driver. Investigators say 37-year-old Shapsly Silencieux allegedly picked up the victim along the 100 block of Southwest 3rd Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday night. Police say he took the woman back to his home where she was attacked. Investigators say the victim only realized she was in the wrong car after Uber canceled her ride and charged her.

DEANNA GREENLAW: Detectives are told that this victim knew that something was wrong. She attempted to do everything in her power to prevent the suspect from doing what he did.

- She was able to identify Silencieux, hours later. He is being held on a $50,000 bond. Uber recommends passengers make sure they're always getting in the right car, with the right driver, by matching the license plate, car make, and model, and the driver's photo provided in the app. The ridesharing service says you can also ask the driver to confirm your name for added peace of mind.