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Uptown Residents Remain Alert After Sexual Assault

Dallas police working to recover surveillance images of SUV driver in attack

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    Uptown Residents Remain Alert After Sexual Assault

    A week after a horrific sexual assault in Uptown, many who live in the Dallas neighborhood are still on edge. (Published Friday, Nov. 13, 2015)

    A week after a horrific sexual assault in Uptown, many who live in the Dallas neighborhood are still on edge.

    "It's the weekend now, and we're all going to be using Uber. And who knows, this guy could be my Uber driver," said Uptown resident Briana Williams.

    Police haven't made any arrests or identified a suspect, but detectives are following up on tips and hope surveillance video will help them crack the case.

    It's been a week since an unidentified driver in a black Chevy Tahoe picked up a woman along McKinney Avenue near Allen Street and later raped her.

    The victim, police said, used a smartphone ride-sharing app but then canceled her ride before hopping in the black SUV with the unknown driver.

    "Using those apps is easy and convenient and you trust it's someone who can get you to your destination safely," said Monique Inocente.

    Police aren't saying what the accused rapist said to the victim, and it's still unclear if the man actually works for any of the ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

    On Friday, detectives re-visited several bars along McKinney Avenue, asking bar owners once again about surveillance video and if they've seen anything suspicious in recent days.

    Police also held a "Coffee with Cops" event Friday at an Uptown Starbucks to help residents feel safe and to let them know officers are working around the clock on the case. Police said it's important for all ride-sharing app customers to be cautious.

    "I think it's definitely more important to look at exactly who is coming to pick you up, and if you feel comfortable with the description of that person," said Uptown resident Mallory Cohen.

    Because of how crazy Uptown can get, people admit they don't always do that.

    "I don't usually pay any attention to the picture of the guy, to be honest," said Inocente. "I'm usually in such a hurry, and traffic can be so backed up, and I'm looking for a ride as quickly as possible, so you kind of just hop in to the car in the middle of traffic without thinking much about it."

    But now, many women are changing their behavior.

    "You should definitely let someone know who is picking you up and where they’re taking you," Cohen said.

    Police aren't saying if detectives believe the man actually works for a ride-sharing company, claimed he did or perhaps didn't say anything about his employment at all.

    Detectives said they're working with several ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft to try and identify a suspect.

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