BOSTON - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have determined that Mayanja Daudah, the Uber driver charged with two counts of rape following an alleged sexual assault early Saturday morning, is not subject to removal from the country.
According to an ICE official, the organization can only remove a foreign citizen if they are illegally present in the country. After investigation, ICE determined that Daugah, 37, is not subject to removal.
ICE will continue to monitor his criminal proceedings.
Daudah is a Ugandan citizen, according to a release from Massachusetts State Police.
#UPDATE: ICE has placed a detainer on the suspect, Daudah Mayanja, a Ugandan citizen, who is charged with raping a woman in his vehicle on the Esplanade. He will be arraigned tomorrow in BMC. #Boston25 https://t.co/fx4Y7ci2xK— Courtney Spinelli (@CourtSpinelliTV) March 31, 2019
The alleged sexual assault occurred near the Hatch Shell in Boston overnight Saturday; law enforcement received the report of the incident around 1:15 a.m. An investigation by authorities led to the arrest of Daudah, who currently lives in Waltham.
Police said the victim is an adult female and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
#BREAKING: State Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault by an Uber driver that occurred around 1:15 a.m. on Storrow Drive near the Hatch Shell in Boston. Daudah Mayanja, 37, of Waltham has been charged in connection w/ 2 counts of rape. #Boston25— Courtney Spinelli (@CourtSpinelliTV) March 30, 2019
"That’s really scary," Boston native Molly Hanlon said. "I know my mom always warns me, she’s always worried about Uber and I think it’s obviously important to be aware, make sure they know your name. But it’s scary, it’s things that you don’t think happen."
State Police Crime Scene Services personnel and a chemist for Mass. State Police collected the potential evidence for forensic analysis, and Mass. State Police are investigating the matter.
An Uber spokesperson released a statement, calling the incident "horrible" and saying they'll help authorities with the investigation.
JUST IN: @Uber releases this statement in response to the arrest of one of their drivers for raping a woman early this morning. The alleged assault happened on Storrow Drive in #Boston near the Hatch Shell. We’re live at 6PM with the latest @boston25 #uber pic.twitter.com/5LQXnDOrqi— Litsa Pappas (@LitsaPappas) March 30, 2019
"What’s been reported is horrible and something no one should ever go through," Uber said. "We stand ready to support law enforcement with their investigation.”
Uber also said it's increasing its safety features, and said riders can call 911 directly through the app while sharing their location with their GPS technology.
Some Uber riders say they already use some of the app's safety features, but said crimes like this are just another reminder to be extra cautious with the service.
"I think it’s convenient and I think it’s a thing people need, and most of the time it’s better to not walk home to take an Uber instead," Hanlon said.
Daudah was being held on $25,000 bail, but it has since been increased to $100,000.
Additionally, Mayanja’s bail has been increased from $25K to $100K #Boston25— Courtney Spinelli (@CourtSpinelliTV) March 31, 2019
He is set to be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court on Monday.
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