Cab driver charged with sex assault

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 27, 2011 7:10 AM

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Iowa City police have arrested a cab driver after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in his cab.

Jamal Younis, 36, 445 Highway 1 W. Apt. 12, was charged Monday with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

According to the police report, officers responded to a report of an assault between a cab driver and female passenger at Gilbert and Burlington Streets on Jan. 21.

The report said the passenger got in Younis’ taxi on South Gilbert Street and asked to be taken home. The driver, Younis, told her he had other fares to drop off first and asked her if she could wait, then proceeded to drive around picking up and dropping off other passengers with the woman in the car for more than an hour, the report said.

When the alleged victim and Younis were alone in the car, reports said he put his hand on her knee and continued to rub her leg.

Police said he later told the woman, “I can make girls scream” and admitted to police he often flirts with female passengers but it is “nothing serious.”

Iowa City police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said Younis told officers he worked for American Cab, and conviction of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse could cost him his taxi license.

Brotherton said the Iowa City police dealt with a similar incident several years ago, and the cab company immediately removed the driver.

— by Hayley Bruce

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