Wessam Ali-Karem Al-Thwej, 37, was charged by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy with one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of unlawful imprisonment.
He was arraigned Sept. 7 in 36th District Court and given a $250,000 cash/surety bond. If released, Al-Thwej must wear a GPS tether.
A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 16, and a preliminary examination of the evidence against him is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Sept. 22 before Judge Kenneth King.
About 9 a.m. July 10, Detroit police officers were dispatched to the area on Lantz Street and the Chrysler Service Drive for a reported rape in progress. Upon their arrival, officers found the victim — a 24-year-old Roseville woman — laying on the side of the road. Medics arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.
It is alleged Al-Thwej — the victim’s Uber driver — sexually assaulted her in his car. He then reportedly put the victim out of his vehicle before fleeing.
A Detroit police investigation led to Al-Thwej’s arrest Sept. 2.
“There is no doubt that ride companies provide a great service, but this case is an example of a requested ride that went horribly wrong,” Worthy said. “Be careful when you use these services, not every driver can or should be trusted blindly.”
Charges are allegations and Al-Thwej is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.