NEW: Fake Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting Fla. college student 


A 33-year-old Florida man who pretended to be an Uber driver has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a college student, news reports stated.

The Florida Gulf Coast University student called Uber to request a ride back to campus after being out at a bar on Aug. 25, according to the Fort Myers News Press.

Willie James Foust Jr., of Fort Myers, acted as if he was the driver and picked her up in his Kia. 

"What we believe happen is he just took advantage of a situation," FGCU Police Chief Steven Moore told the News Press. "It was raining that night. When he pulled up, she asked, 'Are you my driver?' He said, 'Yes,' and she got in."

Foust then drove her to a parking lot near the university’s welcome center, got into the back seat and assaulted her, according to a police report obtained by the News Press. 

» Is Uber safe?: Questions raised in shadow of Fla. assault

Results from a DNA kit matched Foust, who had been arrested over a dozen times in Lee County on charges including child abuse, burglary and grand theft. 

On Tuesday, he was booked into Lee County Jail on additional charges including sexual assault. His bond is set at $200,000.

Uber has a list of safety tips for riders on its website, including this one: “Before you get in the car, check that license plate, driver photo, and driver name all match what’s listed in the app ... never get in a car with a driver who claims to be with Uber and offers a ride.”

Read more at the Fort Myers News Press


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