OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Police are searching for a cab driver who a woman says sexually assaulted and robbed her. Police said the victim reported the assault after it occurred around 2 a.m. on Saturday.
Police said the victim was intoxicated when she took a cab home after going to bars in the Waldo area. Because she was intoxicated, police said she can't remember the name of the cab company. Investigators are having a hard time tracking down the company or the driver because the victim paid with cash, not leaving behind a credit card trail.
Police said the victim told them when she was trying to pay the driver, he stole money from her. Police tell FOX 4 he stole $18 more than she owed him for the ride. Police are still trying to determine the exact location where the assault took place.
Police said the victim was riding in the front seat of the cab with the driver. Gary Mason, Public Information Officer with Overland Park Police Department, said he is urging people to not ride in the front with cab drivers.
"I would think that if a female is in the back seat that it would be safer for her than being up front with a stranger," Mason said. "It's still a stranger that you don't know and you still got to trust them."
FOX 4 reached out to local cab companies to learn about their policies. Mohammed Noor, owner of Kansas City Atlas Cab, said he doesn't ever allow people to ride in the front seat, unless it's a packed cab.
He tells FOX 4 all of his employees must pass a background check.
"If we hire somebody and they are driving the taxi with my logo, my sign, I am responsible," he said.
Noor said the city requires cab drivers to display a badge on their rearview mirror. He said even if the badge is in place, still stay in the backseat for your own protection.
If found, the driver could face rape on a physically powerless victim and robbery charges.