Charges: Uber driver takes Minn. teen against her will

Staying safe when using ridesharing services

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE) -- Prosecutors say an Uber driver took a Minneapolis, Minn. teen against her will to his apartment to have sex. 

Dahir Aden, 50, of Crystal has been charged with felony false imprisonment.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 4,  Aden picked up the teen in north Minneapolis. He then drove to pick up her friend. 

Prosecutors say after dropping off her friend, the teen asked the driver to take her home, but he refused. She asked where they were going, and the driver told her he was taking her back to his West St. Paul apartment to have sex, according to the criminal complaint.

“The other person got dropped off and then she was alone," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom. "The driver was not taking her to where she wanted to go and, in fact, he was telling her he wanted to have sex with her.”

The teen told Aden she did not want to go to his apartment and to bring her to her home. Aden refused and began driving toward West St. Paul. During the ride, the teen sent text messages to her friend to call police. She sent a photo of the car and the address of the apartment.

When Aden and the teen got to the apartment Aden allegedly kept insisting they go inside for sex and tried to grab for her phone, but she held on as police arrived.

Aden told police the teen was his girlfriend, but later admitted she was not, according to the criminal complaint.

Backstrom says everyone can learn from the teen if faced with a similar frightening encounter.

"She had her wits about her. I give her a lot of credit," Backstrom said. "She had to be really scared.”

“I actually would encourage people to be prepared to dial quickly," Backstrom said. "If they need to press a button to get ahold of somebody have it on speed dial.”
Though Uber screens its drivers, Aden had no criminal record. An Uber spokesperson tells KARE 11 that Aden's Uber account was deactivated after the arrest.
“People use Uber all the time and they use it safely. I’ve used it, my daughter uses it frequently,” Backstrom said. “Just keep your wits about you, keep aware of your surroundings and be prepared to act quickly if something comes up that makes you frightened.”
Aden faces up to three years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, if convicted.




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