Lakeview: Woman Sexually Assaulted After Falling Asleep In Taxi

The woman was reportedly assaulted here, in the 3800 block of North Recreation Drive. | Google

A Lakeview woman who fell asleep in the back of a taxi awoke to find the driver sexually assaulting her on a road near the lakefront this morning, police said. No one is in custody.

Approximate location of the incident

The 26-year-old woman told police that she awoke around 6:50 a.m. and discovered the male driver fondling her in the back seat of his taxi as it sat in the 3800 block of North Recreation Drive. She fought the man off, suffering injuries to her knees, and quickly called police from her nearby home.

Police were able to identify the taxi number by reviewing surveillance video. The woman said the cabbie fled the scene with her phone and wallet. He is described as Middle Eastern, 30- to 35-years-old, 5’10” tall and 160 to 170 pounds. His cab is a white Prius with blue decals.

Police transported the victim to Thorek Hospital for treatment.

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