AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say a Yellow Cab driver has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in his cab last month.
According to the affidavit, the teen told Yellow Cab driver Nelson Egwu she did not have enough money to pay the fare when she was picked up at 7:30 p.m. on Bridgepoint Avenue on Jan. 19.
Police say Egwu told her he was former military and had a gun in his car. The cab then pulled into a parking lot at 13497 Research Boulevard, an arrest warrant said. The victim told police she was afraid and felt she had to do what he said. They say he then sexually assaulted her in the back of the cab and let her go, according to the document.
In a statement released to media, Yellow Cab said the following:
“In response to your request for information related to allegations against Mr. Egwu, we can confirm that we have fully cooperated with the Austin Police Department and will continue to do so. It is our policy not to release information during a pending investigation, other than to the authorities. We take any allegations of criminal conduct very seriously. In addition to the background checks performed by the City of Austin on licensed taxicab drivers, we regularly check the sexual assault registry to assure that drivers operating Yellow Cab taxis are not listed on the Texas DPS Sex Offender Registry. The driver in question was not on the list. This is not to in any way detract from the gravity of the allegations, but it is to confirm that Yellow Cab takes the potential for all crimes, especially sexual assaults, very seriously. Edward K. Kargbo, Yellow Cab Austin”
In a phone call to KXAN, Edward Kargbo with Yellow Cab Austin said Egwu has worked for Yellow Cab since November 2006, and that they have never had any complaints about him. He said the City of Austin performs background checks on cab drivers every two years.
According to the city, Egwu passed background checks in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
KXAN checked Egwu’s background and found a lengthy criminal background, including assault and family violence. He is currently in Williamson County Jail on $60,000 bond. He is charged with a 2nd degree felony.
A representative with the City of Austin Transportation Department says family violence arrests and convictions do not cause an individual to fail a background check. They issued this updated statement to KXAN:
“This case is under investigation and we will work closely with the Austin Police Department to assist in any way we can. We take this matter very seriously and will review any internal policies as necessary. Austin Transportation Department”
Yellow Cab says Egwu will not be working Yellow Cab any longer.