Uber driver convicted of raping unconscious passenger in College Park

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PRINCE GEORGE'S CO., Md. - A jury found an Uber driver, Westagne Pierre, guilty of second degree rape, assault, and kidnapping of a passenger who was unconscious at the time.

State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks made the announcement about the conviction on Friday.

"This case of course horrified all of us because so many of us rely on Uber," she said in a press conference.

Back on October 18, 2016, prosecutors say the 34-year-old victim was out with a friend at a D.C. bar when she became extremely intoxicated.

Prosecutors say her friend called an Uber Pool from his phone to take her to her home in Fairfax, Virginia.

Alsobrooks said two women attempted to get into the car, as a part of the shared ride, but when they saw the victim unconscious in the back of the car, they declined to take the Uber.

She says the two women were used as witnesses in the trial.

Pierre, drove the victim to Fairfax, according to prosecutors, but stopped blocks away from her home and ended the fare. He then drove her to a College Park hotel and rented a room.

The State's Attorney's Office released surveillance video from the hotel for the first time on Friday, which shows Pierre carrying her limp body to the hotel room where he raped her.

Ten minutes later, the video shows Pierre leaving the room and driving away.

Prosecutors say a short time later, he is seen on surveillance video entering a 7-Eleven where he used the victim's credit card to make a purchase. He then returned to the hotel, stayed an additional ten minutes, then left again.

The victim woke up the next morning and called police when she could not figure out how she ended up in the hotel.

A chilling 9-1-1 call recorded the victim, clearly emotional and scared, saying, "I don't know how I woke up here."

"This is the kind of injury we have found that lasts a lifetime, "says Alsobrooks.

Alsobrooks said Pierre's defense was to claim that everything was consensual. He could face up to 20 years behind bars and is scheduled for sentencing in October.

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