Cab driver arrested for sexually assaulting 2 passengers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Yellow Cab taxi driver was arrested Thursday for sexually assaulting a Belmont University student earlier this month.

Samir Hindieh, 56, was taken into custody after police identified him through a separate case involving a woman who was sexually assaulted by a cab driver in Nashville on New Year’s Day.

The Belmont student took a cab from Demonbreun Street, near campus, on Feb. 8 around 2 a.m.

The driver allegedly stopped the car and began to fondle her. The woman said she told the driver to stop, but he continued before sexually assaulting her.

The assault did not occur on Belmont’s campus.

Previously, a woman reported to police she was sexually assaulted when she and a friend received a ride from a cab driver Jan. 1 to her residence from a bar on Charlotte Pike in Bellevue.

After the woman’s friend was dropped off, Hindieh is accused of reaching into the back seat and groping the victim despite her efforts to push him away.

Police were able to link Hindieh to both assaults by a phone number provided to them by the first victim and Yellow Cab.

During an interview with sex crimes detectives Thursday, Hindieh implicated himself in both sexual assaults.

Hindieh was booked in the Metro jail on charges of sexual battery and rape. His bond was set at $65,000.

He is scheduled to appear in court March 10.

Taxi Cab Inc. General Manager Doug Trimble told News 2 Hindieh has been fired.

He released the following statement:

We go above and beyond to ensure our drivers and passengers are safe. Our employees go through drug screenings and extensive background checks, unfortunately, supervisors can’t ride around with them 24-7. Samir Hindieh has never had a complaint, a criminal record or given me any indication that he was a bad person. I can’t believe he was capable of something like this. Taxi Cab Inc. has terminated Hindieh’s employment after learning about last night’s arrest. We are working in complete compliance with police during their ongoing investigation. As of right now, we will follow normal company procedure regarding our employees.

Anyone with information about Hindieh’s involvement in similar crimes is urged to contact the Metro police department’s sex crimes unit at 615-862-7540.

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