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Uber driver accused of sexual assault arrested, police say

Edwin Ricci, 66, arrested by Gainesville police at attorney's office

Booking photo of Edwin Ricci
Booking photo of Edwin Ricci

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – An Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a woman he was driving earlier this month was arrested Monday at his attorney's office, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Edwin Ricci, 66, has been charged with simple battery.

Police said a woman in her 20s, who News4Jax is not naming because of the nature of the allegations, hailed a ride from Uber on June 14 and was assigned Ricci as her driver.

According to police, the woman was on FaceTime with a friend when she noticed Ricci was driving the wrong way down a dead-end street. When she alerted him, he said, “We are just taking a little ride,” police said.

The woman told Ricci to turn around, police said, but he did not do so until he noticed that she was on a FaceTime call.

Ricci then said, "I hope he is not a jealous guy," and stroked the woman's hair, police said. The woman pulled away and Ricci shoved his hand down her jacket, grabbing her breast over her shirt, police said.

That's when the woman smacked his arm away, got out of the car and ran.

Ricci drove away and was not located until Monday, when he was arrested at his lawyer's office.