Accused NJ rapist had been with Uber just three days
The paid driver accused of raping a woman in Union County last weekend was an Uber driver, the company confirmed to New Jersey 101.5 Friday.
“This is a deplorable incident and the partner was removed from the platform as soon as we were made aware of the allegations," spokesman Matt Wing said. "We will do everything we can to assist with the investigation.”
Efren Madrigal of Linden, 25, was arrested without incident at his home Wednesday afternoon, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Roselle Park Police Chief Paul Morrison jointly announced Thursday.
The victim, a Roselle Park resident, was spending time with a female friend Saturday evening when the friend invited Madrigal to the victim’s apartment, the joint statement quoted Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert, who is prosecuting the case, saying.
After the three spent time playing cards and talking, the alleged sexual assault took place later that night, Ruppert said.
Madrigal had been on the platform for just three days before being removed, he said.
"Uber is fully prepared to assist the authorities with any investigation," Wing said.
Convictions on first-degree crimes can result in sentences of 10 to 20 years in state prison.