A Massachusetts Uber driver has been charged with kidnapping after allegedly trapping a female passenger in his car by enabling the child safety locks before climbing into the back seat as she screamed for him to let her out.

By Kaitlin McKinley Becker and Kathryn Sotnik 

A rideshare driver in Massachusetts has been arrested on a kidnapping charge after he allegedly trapped a woman inside his car in Brighton late Thursday night, police said.

Kamal Essalak, 47, of Acton, was arrested Saturday on an outstanding warrant out of Boston Municipal Court. Essalak was arrested in the area of 7323 Avalon Drive in Acton, Boston police said Sunday.

Essalak was wanted by Boston police detectives in connection to an incident that occurred on March 18, around 8:30 p.m., in the area of 1139 Commonwealth Avenue.

Uber confirmed Essalak was driving for them. The company said in a statement they immediately removed the driver’s access when they became aware of the situation. Uber has also been in contact with the victim, a company spokesperson said.

According to Uber, the company launched a survivor resources hotline last year, which provides immediate, confidential and trauma-informed support for survivors reporting critical sexual assault incidents related to the Uber app.

The company spokesperson said it’s staffed by RAINN support specialists who are experienced in working with victims of sexual violence and can help survivors better understand their options related to short- and long-term support, including therapy, service providers, and reporting to law enforcement.

RAINN will also help facilitate assistance available to victims through an established Uber support fund which will provide resources such as trauma-informed counseling and other means of support.

Additionally, the spokesperson said, the company has a team of former law enforcement professionals around the globe who are on call to work with police 24-7 to respond to urgent needs and walk them through how the company can assist in an investigation.




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