Cabbie charged with sexually assaulting passenger

A Halloween reveler awoke this month to find her costume pants pulled down and her cab driver sexually assaulting her, prosecutors said Saturday.

Tajamul Hussain Syed, listed in court records as a driver for 303 Taxi, faces a criminal sexual assault charge and was ordered held Saturday on $250,000 bail.

Syed, TajamulSyed, 23, allegedly picked up the woman on the morning of Nov. 1 at a Far Northwest Side home in the 8300 block of West Summerdale Avenue. She had been out with a friend for Halloween the evening before, prosecutors said, and fell asleep shortly after her friend helped her into Syed’s taxi.

When she awoke in the cab, Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos said, her costume pants were down and Syed was sexually assaulting her. She pushed him off and he got back into the driver’s seat and started driving. She then demanded that Syed stop the cab and she ran home, Kwilos said. The alleged victim and her friend both identified Syed, prosecutors said.

Syed, of the 6300 block of North Rockwell Street, was arrested while driving his cab in Evanston on Thursday. The taxi was impounded for further examination, court records show.

Attempts to reach a 303 Taxi spokesperson Saturday were unsuccessful. Syed is due back in court Tuesday.

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