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An Uber driver has been charged with kidnapping and groping a woman after she fell asleep in his car

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  • An Uber driver was charged Tuesday with kidnapping a woman in New York City, changing her ride destination, and groping her as she slept.
  • Prosecutors say Harbir Parmar, 24, picked up a woman in Manhattan in February and attacked her when she fell asleep.
  • A legal complaint says the woman was taken farther than her home just outside New York City before she was groped, then dumped on an interstate in Connecticut.
  • The complaint also says the woman was charged more than $1,000 for the journey.
  • Parmar has been charged with one count of kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. He has also been charged with wire fraud.

An Uber driver has been charged with kidnapping and groping a woman who fell asleep in his cab and then leaving her on the side of the road miles from home.

Prosecutors in New York charged Harbir Parmar, 24, with one count of kidnapping after picking up a woman in February, according to legal documents published Tuesday.

The complaint says that Parmar picked up the woman in the New York City borough of Manhattan not long before midnight and that she fell asleep during the trip.

The complaint alleges that while the woman was sleeping, Parmar changed her destination from White Plains, New York, just outside New York City, to Boston.

It says she woke up with Parmar in the back seat of the car groping her breast under her shirt. The vehicle was far from her home, the complaint says, most likely somewhere in Connecticut.

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The complaint says that the woman tried to use her phone to call for help but that Parmar snatched it away. It also alleges that he refused to take her to White Plains, or to a police station, and left her on the side of Interstate 95.

The woman found help by walking to a gas station in Branford, Connecticut, about 60 miles from her home, the complaint says. By this time it was 2 a.m., according to the document.

The complaint says that when the woman reported the incident the following day, she learned she had been charged more than $1,000 for a trip from New York to Massachusetts. Uber says it refunded the money.

In a press release announcing the charge, the FBI official William Sweeney Jr. said Parmar "made an outrageous choice, deciding to unlawfully take advantage of his passenger at a moment of vulnerability for his own selfish motives."

Parmar was also charged with wire fraud, which the FBI says it discovered while investigating the kidnapping charge. The complaint says Parmar had a history of changing passenger destinations and billing them for unnecessary cleaning fees.

"What's been reported is horrible and something no person should go through," an Uber spokesman said in a statement to Business Insider.

"As soon as we became aware, we immediately removed this individual's access to the platform. We have fully cooperated with law enforcement and will continue to support their investigation."

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