Topic: Woman (Me) Held Against Will in Taxi in Cleveland Park
Woman (Me) Held Against Will in Taxi in Cleveland Park
I want to make DC aware of something terrifying that occurred to me on Friday evening, September 26th, around 10:30 pm, after taking a taxi home to Cleveland Park.
After repeated personal questions and inappropriate comments (eg “I like you,” “will you go on a date with me?”), the cab driver stopped in front of my building, looked me in the eyes, intensely, and told me I was locked inside his cab until I handed over “enough” cash. (He had not turned on the meter for the trip). I was trapped inside and scared, so I complied with his request to hand over cash.
I filed a police report with MPD immediately following the incident, I have consulted an attorney, and I plan to press charges.
I notified the DC taxicab commision of the incident, and I plan to do the same in Maryland- the cab had Maryland plates.
It is outrageous how difficult it can be for women to travel around this city safely.