ST. PAUL - Prosecutors say an Uber driver took a Minneapolis teen against her will to his apartment to have sex.
Dahir Aden, 50, of Crystal has been charged with felony false imprisonment.
According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 4, Aden picked up the teen in north Minneapolis. He then drove to pick up her friend.
Prosecutors say after dropping off her friend, the teen asked the driver to take her home, but he refused. She asked where they were going, and the driver told her he was taking her back to his West St. Paul apartment to have sex, according to the criminal complaint.
“The other person got dropped off and then she was alone," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom. "The driver was not taking her to where she wanted to go and, in fact, he was telling her he wanted to have sex with her.”
The teen told Aden she did not want to go to his apartment and to bring her to her home. Aden refused and began driving toward West St. Paul. During the ride, the teen sent text messages to her friend to call police. She sent a photo of the car and the address of the apartment.
When Aden and the teen got to the apartment Aden allegedly kept insisting they go inside for sex and tried to grab for her phone, but she held on as police arrived.
Aden told police the teen was his girlfriend, but later admitted she was not, according to the criminal complaint.
Backstrom says everyone can learn from the teen if faced with a similar frightening encounter.
"She had her wits about her. I give her a lot of credit," Backstrom said. "She had to be really scared.”