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Police investigating sexual assault involving cab driver

Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault that occurred in the early morning hours on Monday in Halifax.
At approximately 12:30 a.m., a 39-year-old woman got into a cab on Lower Water Street in the area of Historic Properties. She travelled in the cab to her Parkland Drive destination with a friend, and upon exiting the cab, the driver reached out and grabbed her buttocks. When she informed the driver that this was inappropriate, he apologized for his actions, refused payment and quickly left the area. The driver is described as a white man in his 30’s with blond hair, a round face and a medium build. He also spoke English with an East European accent. There is no description of the cab.
Taxi drivers provide a valuable service to our community. It’s important to note that the majority of taxi drivers take pride in providing a safe and accessible method of transportation to citizens. However, as with any service industry, potential for abuse of customers exists. When taking a cab, citizens should observe the following safety tips:
Make note of the company name and number on the taxi roof light
Look for a taxi meter and check for the taxi driver’s license and taxi owner’s license which should be clearly displayed inside the vehicle.
Sit in the back of the vehicle if possible. This provides additional safety for passengers and drivers.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637.
Source: Release

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