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Asheville PD investigating sex assault, urging ride share users to follow safety tips

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The Asheville Police Department said officers are investigating a sexual assault incident involving a man posing as a ride share driver for hire.

Police said the assault happened on July 24.

The suspect is a man in his 30s with a goatee. Police said he drives a white, newer model sedan and speaks broken English and Spanish.

Police are asking anyone with information about the assault or the suspect to call the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110.

Police also released these safety tips for anyone using ride sharing services:

  1. Confirm you’re getting in the right vehicle – Ride share programs will provide you with detailed vehicle information. Double check that the car description, license plate number and driver’s name matches the vehicle picking you up. If the vehicle description/name do not match, cancel the ride and report the incident to the ride share service.
  2. Share your ride in real time – Ride share services offer a “send status” feature to send your friends and/or family a map of your route and expected time of arrival.
  3. Ride in the rear of the vehicle – Place some distance between you and your driver by not riding in the front seat of the vehicle.
  4. Don’t pay in cash – Ride share programs charge rides to the riders’ credit cards, so no cash is ever exchanged. If a ride share driver asks you to pay in cash, this is a red flag and we recommend you leaving the vehicle before starting the ride.

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