Two East Lansing Uber drivers arrested on sexual assault charges

Posted at 10:59 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 09:37:11-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Two uber drivers have been charged on sexual assault charges after two separate reports of Criminal Sexual Conduct were investigated by police.

Hassan Ibrahim and Salim Salem are both employees of the rideshare service Uber, East Lansing Police said Friday.  It is unknown if the alleged incidents related to their charges happened while the men were working.

The charges that were announced this week stem from two incidents that police say occurred earlier this year.

Hassan Ibrahim (Courtesy: East Lansing Police Dept.)

Hassan Ibrahim (Courtesy: East Lansing Police Dept.)

Hassan Ibrahaim is alleged to have been involved in an incident that happened in East Lansing on February 14th. He turned himself in on March 11th on one count of CSC, 4th degree. He was given a $5,000 bond.

Police say the second individual, Salim Salem, is being charged with two counts of CSC, 4th degree stemming from an incident that happened in East Lansing on January 16th.

Salim Salem (Courtesy: East Lansing Police Dept.)

Salim Salem (Courtesy: East Lansing Police Dept.)

He turned himself in on March 15th & was given a $5,000 bond with a condition that he not work as an Uber driver or taxi/cab driver in the future.

East Lansing Police notified Uber after the arrests were made.

An Uber spokeswoman offered the following statement and background information in response to the allegations against the men:

“These reports of unacceptable behavior are deplorable, and both drivers have been permanently barred from Uber. Our thoughts are with the victims of this traumatic experience. We’ve been working closely with local police since February to aid their investigations and ensure the individuals responsible are brought to justice.”

  • Upon learning of the allegations, both drivers were immediately deactivated from the Uber platform
  • Both had passed a background check
  • This behavior is in clear violation of Uber’s Code of Conduct