Vegas Carpool Driver Charged With Sexually Assaulting Woman After She Fell Asleep In Car | News

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – A Las Vegas rideshare driver has been arrested after being charged with sexually assaulting a passenger, police say.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a press release that on December 18 at around 1:16 a.m., an officer responded to the University Medical Center about a sexual assault.

The victim told police she requested a carpool service on December 16 and the driver, later identified as Dawed Mekonene, 30, arrived in a green Toyota Camry.

During the ride, according to the victim, she fell asleep in the back seat of the vehicle and woke up when Mekonene began to sexually assault her. After the assault, police said the victim was taken to the original requested destination.

Police located Mekonene and took him into custody on Monday. He was held in the Clark County Detention Center on sexually motivated kidnapping, two counts of sexual assault and bodily harm with strangulation with intent to commit sexual assault.

Anyone who may have been a victim of Mekonene or with information about this crime is urged to contact the police at 702-828-3421. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online at

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