A man who pretended to be an Uber driver abducted and raped a woman in Boston. He has been sentenced to over a decade behind bars.
DNA evidence links Alejandro Done to crime, several assaults.
Alejandro Done, 47, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping, assault and battery for the incident which took place December 2014.
Done picked up his victim after she ordered an Uber to bring her home, according to police. Done pretended to be a driver and asked to be paid in cash. This is against Uber protocol as all transactions are made electronically via a phone app. Done then drove to a secluded area and trapped her inside his car.
Done covered his victim’s mouth to prevent her from screaming and locked his car doors so she couldn’t escape during the sexual assault, report the Daily News.
Judge Merita Hopkins sentenced Done to 10 to 12 years in prison. She added an additional five years of probation to the sentence.
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“The defendant preyed upon a young woman who trusted that he was who he portrayed himself to be,“ District Attorney Marian Ryan said.
Done was linked to the crime thanks to DNA evidence. He has also been connected to several other attacks in Boson including five additional rapes dating back to 2006.
Though he was once employed by Uber, a company representative says he was not a driver during the time of the sexual assault.
“This is a despicable crime and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim during her recovery,” Uber spokeswoman Kaitlin Durkosh said.
District Attorney Ryan says customers should take every precautions when using ride-sharing services like Uber.
“While these apps are a modern convenience, they are not without their risks,” she said.