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An Uber driver Kamal Essalak allegedly kidnapped a female passenger – trapping her in her car with child safety locks, Boston police said.
Police said Kamal Essalak trapped a woman in his car and refused to let her out as she screamed for help. https://t.co/Mr98cJpiQ6
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Kamal Essalak, 47, was arrested by Acton police on Saturday for kidnapping following Thursday’s appalling incident in the city’s Brighton district, police said on Sunday.
The woman told detectives that Essalak picked her up around 8:30 p.m. on the 1100 block of Commonwealth Avenue and began to “act strangely,” prompting them to ask him to stop and let them out, police said.
Essalak pulled over, but the woman was unable to exit as the car’s child locks were engaged on both rear doors, preventing her from escaping, police said.
“When the victim started yelling and banging on the window to draw attention to the unfolding situation, the suspect got into the back of the vehicle and laughed regularly,” police said in a statement.
But the quick-witted driver managed to slip around Essalak and sit in the driver’s seat, where she unlocked the door and ran away, police said.
The rideshare service was not identified by police, but an Uber spokesperson told the Boston Globe that Essalak was driving for the company at the time.
“What has been reported is terrible and something that no one should go through,” the newspaper spokesperson said. “As soon as we learned of it, we immediately revoked this pilot’s access to Uber.”
Acton-based Essalak is due to stand trial in the Brighton section of Boston City Court on Monday, the Glober reported. According to NBC Boston, it is not known whether he hired a lawyer.
After Essalak’s arrest, Boston police reminded passengers to take a moment to check to see if child locks were activated when getting into vehicles.
“Most modern cars and SUVs have these security locks on the interior trim of the rear doors, under the door lock mechanisms,” police said. “They are generally quite small and made of dark or black plastic, which makes them difficult to see in the dark.”
Meanwhile, some young Boston women said they were shocked by the gruesome allegations.
“I’ve heard a lot of podcasts where this has happened to women from Ubers and it’s pretty scary because there’s really no other way out of it,” said Julia Merritt, a student at NBC Boston.
Another woman, Erin Haden, urged others to be aware of their surroundings at all times when using elevators.
“We’ve had a fair share of carpooling opportunities where it was uncomfortable for something strange to happen, but in the end it all worked out. We were only very aware in Uber,” Haden told the broadcaster. .