Livery Driver Arrested for Allegedly Raping, Robbing Woman
A Quincy man will face a judge on Wednesday after being arrested for allegedly raping and then robbing a woman he picked up in his livery vehicle in South Boston last weekend.
Boston Police “tracked down” and arrested Said Said, 40, of Quincy, and charged him with aggravated rape, unarmed robbery, and receiving stolen property, according to officers.
Police said around 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 22, the victim reported that she had been sexually assaulted earlier in the evening in South Boston after getting in the car with a livery driver she thought was a taxi operator.
“She flagged down what she believed to be a taxicab in the area of Northern Avenue in South Boston,” police said. “[A] later investigation showed the vehicle to be a livery vehicle. After entering the motor vehicle, the victim states that the suspect drove the victim to a secluded location where the sexual assault took place.”
The victim told police that after she was sexually assaulted, the suspect stole her iPhone and several credit cards. The credit cards were later used to make several unauthorized transactions, police said.
After what officials said was “an extension investigation,” they linked Said to the sexual assault and arrested him.
A Suffolk District Attorney spokesman said more information about the case will be available following Said’s arraignment in court on Wednesday. When asked if Said, described as a “livery driver,” was a worker for the on-demand car service, Uber, a spokesman indicated that he wasn’t.
Last month, Mayor Marty Walsh said his administration has been working on ways to make livery services safer for residents. He said the city cannot turn a blind eye to public safety concerns around unregulated modes of transportation.