Local Lyft driver charged with rape; other drivers speak out

Mug shot of Nour Baber Mahmoud Albadri. (Provided Photo/Boone County Jail)

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A local Lyft driver has been charged with a number of charges including rape, sexual battery and criminal confinement.

According to court documents, in the early morning hours of Sept. 16, one woman claims to have been sexually assaulted by Nour Baber Mahmoud Albadri.

Documents show that after several hours with friends at Brothers Bar in the Broad Ripple area, the female went with a group of friends to a nearby house, where the she ordered a Lyft ride in order to take her home. Just before 4 a.m. on Sept. 16, a four-door silver sedan, driven by Albadri arrived at the address.

At that time, the victim got into the back passenger seat of the vehicle. After a few minutes, Albadri stopped the vehicle and asked the victim to move up to the front passenger seat, which she did, according to documents. Albadri then began making comments which made the victim uncomfortable and so she began recording their conversation with her phone.

While in route to the victim’s house, Albadri began slowing down and started climbing on top of her, grabbing her breast, attempting to put his hands underneath her clothes, while talking about sex. Eventually, documents show, Albadri stopped the vehicle and locked the door. He then proceeded to climb on top of her, placing his hand inside of her pants.

On the recording, the victim is repeatedly heard telling Albadri to stop.

When Albadri arrived at the victim’s house, she immediately climbed out of the car and ran inside her house to call police, according to court documents.

Documents state that on Sept. 18, officers were able to successfully locate Albadri and the silver sedan registered to him at a Phillips 66 gas station in the 2500 block of North College Avenue, near his residence.

Later, the victim successfully identified Albadri out of a lineup, telling officers that was the man who sexually assaulted her.

He has been charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of rape and and criminal confinement.

“Knowing that it happened this close and to potentially one of my neighbors is even worse. That could have been my wife, that could have been daughter in that car,” said one Lyft/Uber driver in the area who asked not to be identified.

On Monday drivers of ride sharing apps spoke out and said the alleged actions of one do not represent the vast majority of drivers.

“We literally have their lives in our hands and we want to make sure that they are able to get from point A to point B safely. That is what we are here for,” said the driver.

Albadri is currently being held in the Boone County Jail.

His next court appearance his scheduled for Dec. 1.

Lyft released a statement saying,”These allegations are horrific and very upsetting. There is no tolerance for behavior like this in the Lyft community, and we take these claims very seriously. As soon as we were made aware of this incident, we immediately deactivated the driver’s account. We have reached out to the passenger to offer our support and assistance, and have been in communication with authorities.”