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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Uber Driver Indicted for Kidnapping After Taking Teenage Victim to Brooklyn Instead of Merrick

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MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that an Uber driver was arraigned on a grand jury indictment today for allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old girl.

Sean Williams, 32, of Brooklyn, was arraigned on Tuesday before Judge Felice Muraca and charged with Kidnapping in the Second Degree (a B violent felony), Kidnapping in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony (a B violent felony), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (an A misdemeanor) and Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree (an A misdemeanor). The defendant’s bail status was continued at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash and he is due back in court on September 18. If convicted of the top count, he faces a maximum of up to 25 years in prison.

“The family of a 15-year old girl relied on a car service to get their daughter home safely after she attended a Sweet Sixteen party, but the defendant allegedly kidnapped her and wanted to sexually assault her after giving her alcohol,” DA Singas said. “The girl was terrorized by the defendant’s alleged behavior and bravely took action to contact police and free herself.”

DA Singas said that on July 12, 2019, at approximately 11:15 p.m., the defendant, an Uber driver, picked up a 15-year-old girl from a Sweet 16 in Atlantic Beach. The agreed-upon route was from Long Beach to Merrick, but the defendant allegedly canceled the route while still in Long Beach and attempted to convince the minor to go drinking with him. It is also alleged that the defendant wanted the 15-year old girl to go to his home in Brooklyn where he intended to sexually assault her.

The victim refused, told the defendant she was only 15 and asked him multiple times to take her home, but the defendant allegedly continued driving in the wrong direction. After reaching Brooklyn, the victim was able to convince the defendant that she had to use the bathroom at which point he pulled over, and she ran into a McDonald’s on Linden Boulevard to call the police.

The defendant allegedly followed her into the McDonald’s but ran away before police arrived. Following an investigation, the defendant was arrested by Nassau County Police Department outside of his Brooklyn home on July 16.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Perry of DA Singas’ Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting this case. Steven Gaitman, Esq. represents the defendant.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.

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