Bond Raised for Uber Driver Accused of Sexual Assault

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Talal Chammout, Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger at her home in Oak Cliff

DALLAS — When it comes to Uber drivers, finding one who won’t talk your ear off is like finding that elusive unicorn. But how much do you worry about stuff that should be standard when it comes to safety?

You know — don’t speed, text and drive, and oh yeah, don’t sexually assault the folks you pick up.

But that’s what Dallas cops say Talal Chammout did after dropping his passenger off at her home in Oak Cliff.

On Thursday, he sat in shackles in a Dallas County courtroom. Prosecutors succeeded in having his bond raised to $250,000 citing his criminal record as a felon in possession of firearms and evidence he tried to buy stolen rocket launchers.

If he makes bond, the judge ordered that Chammout must stay in Texas, surrender his passport, wear an ankle bracelet and have zero contact with the victim.

A Dallas PD detective testified Chammout claims the woman asked him to have sex with her. But the victim’s mother also took the stand saying her daughter is terrified after find out about Chammout’s criminal past.

As this case unfolds, it raises the age-old question — is it safe to hop into a stranger’s car?

“I don’t know about using it anymore. It’s kind of scary,” said Uber customer Sheridan Aguilar.

Stay safe out there, folks.