NJ Uber rider charged with threatening driver with fake gun for oral sex charged
A gun-wielding Uber rider from Fort Lee, who threatened to kill a driver if she didn’t give him a blowjob, took off his shirt and was sitting in the front seat when police arrived, reported the authorities said.
The Uber driver had tricked Andrew Mendez, 30, into waiting for him while she rushed to a Paterson grocery store to get something to drink, according to an indictment returned by a state grand jury.
Officers who seized Mendez also found an imitation handgun that the driver said he “smashed” on their way, he said.
Mendez has remained in Passaic County Jail since the February 16, 2020 incident.
That night, authorities said, the Uber dryer picked him up from Palisades Park for what was to be a ride to Pearl Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard.
Upon reaching his destination behind Paterson Eastside High School, Mendez exited but then quickly re-entered the vehicle, according to the indictment issued to Paterson.
Mendez then asked the driver for a blowjob, which she refused, she said.
“It’s either that or your life,” he told her, said the driver.
She then convinced him that she needed something to drink first. So they went to a nearby grocery store, where the driver called the police while Mendez waited outside, according to the indictment.
Grand jury indictment, guaranteed by Passaic County Assistant District Attorney Anneris Virginia Hernandez, charges Mendez with attempted aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, aggravated assault and related offenses weapons involving a fake firearm.
A first court appearance on the indictment was not yet scheduled for Friday.
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