Police warn of unlicensed cabs after assaults
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Police are warning women to be on alert after two women have reported being sexually assaulted after hailing unlicensed cabs in Boston.
A woman in Allston hailed a livery car early Sunday morning, but instead of being taken to her house, police said she was driven to somewhere and sexually assaulted.
“That’s very shocking, because for the city that I live in -- usually nothing bad. Brighton is pretty safe,” said Karla Rivas, who is concerned about the sexual assaults.
This comes less than two weeks after a similar attack when a woman took a livery car in the Seaport District. She was taken to a parking lot in Newton where she was sexually assaulted before the driver took off.
The police have released a sketch in that assault. Police do not believe the two assaults are related.
“At this point I have no information that has come across my desk that leads me to believe that they are connected,” Supt. Dan Linskey of the Boston Police Department said Monday. “We’re working with all of our partners to insure the victims get the services they need.”
Stephen Sullivan, the general manager of Metro Cab, said anyone looking for a ride home needs to understand the difference between a marked cab with a medallion and a partition separating the front and back sets and livery cars.
“If they look on the side they will always see the decals detailing the company name,” said Sullivan. “A livery driver just says ‘I want to drive’ and he’s got his permit. There’s no one checking whether this person has prior records or anything.”
Police want people to make sure they are taking licensed cab drivers and not livery cabs. Boston police tweeted this photo to help people identify licensed taxis.