An Uber driver wept uncontrollably as he was arraigned on charges that he raped a passenger early Saturday morning.
Mayanja Daudah, 37, of Waltham, appeared in Boston Municipal Court on Monday and was arraigned on two charges of rape. He was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail.
State Police said they received a report at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday that a woman had been sexually assaulted by an Uber driver on Storrow Drive near the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.
Assistant District Attorney Alexa Wright said in court that Daudah, who is from Uganda, picked up the passenger at a bar in Somerville and while they were driving, reached over with his right hand and unbuttoned her pants and assaulted her while the car was in motion on Storrow Drive.
“This happened while on Storrow Drive while the vehicle was in motion,” she said.
He then pulled over at the side of the road near the Hatch Memorial Shell and allegedly sexually assaulted her again, Wright said.
Wright said the victim then ran from the car “hysterically crying with her pants unbuttoned,” and left her belongings behind in his vehicle. She then contacted a friend who picked her up and they went to the police station.
Daudah was arrested when he took the victim’s belongings to the police station.
Kim Giampietro, Daudah’s defense attorney, said Daudah denied any wrongdoing. She said the passenger appeared to be intoxicated when he picked her up and that she insisted on sitting in the front seat and then said she wanted to smoke marijuana. As they were driving on Storrow Drive he pulled over “and told her that he did not want her to smoke marijuana,” and at that point she got out of the vehicle, Giampietro said.
Giampietro said when Daudah realized that the passenger left her bag in the vehicle he waited at the side of the road, she said. He then contacted Uber and tried to contact the passenger so she could get her belongings, she said.
At that point, the police contacted him and he voluntarily went to the police station and turned over her belongings. When questioned by police, he denied the allegations, she said.
Giampietro said Daudah has children and his wife is deceased. She said he has a day job working as a caregiver for a medical services firm based in Newton, and only recently began driving for Uber.
“Only two weeks,” Daudah said, as he sobbed in the courtroom.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on Daudah, according to the State Police.
An ICE official said in an e-mailed statement, “This individual is not subject to removal at this time. ICE will continue to monitor his criminal proceedings.”
Daudah is due back in court May 1 for a probable cause hearing.