Evanston man posed as ride-share driver, sexually assaulted woman he met on dating app: police

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EVANSTON, Ill. — A man from Evanston was accused of sexually assaulting a Chicago woman he met through a dating app.

Police said Jason Taylor, 28, posed as a ride-share driver on July 30 and sexually assaulted the woman, believed to be in her 20s, when she entered his vehicle.

An investigation also revealed that Taylor used a dating app to contact university students in the area, but they refused to meet him, police said.

On Wednesday, students at Northwestern University got a campus alert about a man arrested and charged with sexual assault.

Evanston Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said there were three students he tried to contact, but was unsuccessful. Two were Northwestern students and another was a Loyola University student.

Taylor was charged with one felony count of criminal sexual assault, according to police. He appeared in bond court Tuesday, and was out on bond.

He is a suspect in other recent acts of sexual violence in the area.

Northwestern graduate student, Claudia Garcia-Rojas, helps counsel rape victims, and wanted to remind young women about ride-share safety.

“To ensure our own safety, we need to do what is a proper protocol which is checking the license plate number, ensuring that the face matches the face that they have in the app. If it doesn't, not to feel shy to say, ‘Actually I'm not going to take this ride. I'm going to cancel it and call another one,’” Garcia-Rojas said.

The investigation is ongoing

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