Gainesville Police searching for Uber driver accused of fondling female passenger


Gainesville Police are searching for an Uber driver accused of fondling a passenger Wednesday.

Police say they have a sworn complaint for 57-year-old Edwin Ricci, who was last seen driving a 2008 Honda Odyssey van with with Florida license plates: 876YHP.

Officer Ben Tobias said a woman in her 20s hailed a ride from Uber around noon. He said the woman was talking to a friend on Facetime during the ride when she noticed the driver, Ricci, was heading the wrong direction down a dead end street.

Tobias said the driver told the woman, "We are just going for a little ride" and refused to turn the vehicle around until he noticed she was on Facetime.

Tobias said Ricci asked her if her boyfriend would be jealous and stroke her hair. He said she pulled away and he shoved his hand down her jacket, grabbing her breast over her shirt.

The woman hit his arm out of the way and ran out of the van. Tobias said they have not been able to locate Ricci.

Police have not released a photo of Ricci.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Gainesville Police at (352) 955-1818 or Crimestoppers at (352) 372-STOP.

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