Man groping women while posing as taxi driver: Victoria police

Man posing as legitimate taxi driver picks up intoxicated women and assaults them, police say

The Victoria Police Department is warning of a man posing as a taxi driver who picks up women and gropes them.

VicPD has received 10 similar complaints dating back several years, but investigators don’t have a solid enough description of the suspect or his vehicle to release more information at this time.

“Right now we’re just asking for anyone who may see this to call us,” said Const. Mike Russell.

Women are being targeted by the man in the early hours of the morning, usually when they are intoxicated, Russell said.

Taxis are legally required to display company logos and an operating licence, and must come equipped with cameras.

VicPD is reminding the public to follow several tips before taking a cab:

  • Travel home in a group when possible, especially after a night on the town
  • Do not get into a vehicle without proper taxi markings, lights and license
  • When entering a taxi, check to see if the camera is obscured or missing
  • Make sure the driver is displaying a valid taxi license

If you encounter an illegal taxi, please call VicPD at 250-995-7654 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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