Mesa PD: Cab driver told women they could pay fare with sexual favors

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by Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 4:20 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- A cab driver was arrested by Mesa police this week for allegedly telling two women he’d waive their fare in exchange for sexual favors.

The Mesa Police Department said they received a complaint on Feb. 22 from a woman who claimed that her cab driver had told her she wouldn’t have to pay for her trip if she performed sexual acts for him.

The woman said she declined, and paid her fare when they arrived at her location.

On Feb. 23, police learned that a second woman had told Discount Cab Company that one of their drivers had made a similar offer.

Similar to the first incident, the woman declined the offer and paid her fare when she arrived at her destination.

With the help of Discount Cab, police were able to identify the driver in both cases as 43-year-old Eric Vincent.

Police said on Tuesday Vincent voluntarily went to the Mesa Police Department for an interview.

While speaking with police, Vincent reportedly admitted that he had offered the women rides in exchange for sexual favors.

Vincent was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of solicitation of prostitution and one count of sexual abuse.

Police said due to the nature of the crimes they believe there may be additional victims.

Anyone who had a similar experience is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

 

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