A man accused of posing as an Uber driver and sexually assaulting a woman in New Haven last month, faced a judge on Monday.
Police said Ahmad Bahjat allegedly pretended to be an Uber driver and sexual assaulted a female passenger.
Following the court appearance by Bahjat, his family said police have it all wrong.
“There are two conflicting stories here,” Jack O’Donnell, who is the attorney for Bahjat, said.
O’Donnell refused to go into any more detail about what happen on the morning of Jan 31. But, Hamden police said Bahjat, who is an Iraqi refugee, is accused of viciously sexually assaulting a Quinnipiac University student.
According to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News, the victim had "irritation on her face from the suspect's beard" and "sustained bruising to her wrist, neck and knees during the sexual assault."
Police said Bahjat was parked in an area designated for taxi and Uber drivers in New Haven. When the victim walked outside of the bar, she got inside the car thinking it was an Uber driver.
According to an arrest warrant, she told police that she was "unsure if she ordered transportation via Uber.”
After driving toward Quinnipiac University, Bahjat asked her to "accompany him to his apartment, which she declined," court documents said. Minutes later, he pulled over, got into the back seat of the car and allegedly rape the victim.
Police said Bahjat then allegedly drove her to the school where he dropped off the victim. According to police, Bahjat fled to Canada after the attack. He then hopped on a plane to Turkey and Jordan.
Bahjat was arrested on Feb. 11 when he tried to re-enter the United States. When Eyewitness News asked his attorney about why he allegedly fled the country, O’Donnell said “I'm not going to address that.”
Two women who knew Bahjat left Meriden Superior Court on Monday, and would only say “he doesn't belong there.”
As for Bahjat, he'll be back in court next month.
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