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Uber driver arrested in rape of passenger on Storrow Drive

A woman said she was sexually assaulted early Saturday on Storrow Drive near the Hatch Memorial Shell (above).Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

An Uber driver was arrested on rape charges early Saturday morning after he allegedly sexually assaulted a passenger on Storrow Drive, State Police say.

State Police received a report around 1:15 a.m. that a woman had been sexually assaulted on Storrow near the Hatch Memorial Shell, police said in a statement. After an investigation, Daudah Mayanja, 37, of Waltham was charged with two counts of rape, police said.

The woman was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Mayanja was being held on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court, officials said.

An Uber spokesperson said Saturday night that Mayanja’s access to the Uber app was removed as soon as officials learned of the allegations.


“What’s been reported is horrible and something no one should ever go through,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We stand ready to support law enforcement with their investigation.”

Saturday’s incident was the second rape allegedly committed by an Uber driver in Boston in recent weeks. Ranjan Thapa, 26, allegedly sexually assaulted a woman leaving a bar March 16. Authorities said the woman was so incapacitated that she could barely speak to investigators after the alleged rape.

Also, in February, Jose Arevalos-Avalos, a 37-year-old Uber driver from Holliston, was charged with assaulting a passenger and offering to pay her for sex. Another Uber driver, 40-year-old Michael J. Squadrito of Everett, was arrested last November after he allegedly raped one of his passengers as she returned from celebrating her birthday.

Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.